Saturday, May 06, 2006
One of my passions is watching old movies. I was thinking why this is so. And I may have found the answer. From the 1930's all the way to the mid 1970's, movies were made for adults. Movies made for teenagers were only a small niche covered by smaller movie studios. So when you see movies on cable channels such as Turner Classic Movies you are watching works that wanted to bring adults to movie theaters. That explains the great, witty scripts and sophisticated attitude.
This all changed in the late 1970's when "Star Wars" became a hit and suddenly all movies seemed to be aimed at 12 year old boys. Luckily we can still enjoy the old classics on TCM and see all those amazing scripts and wonderful movies that didn't rely on fart jokes to provide entertainment.