I’ve been in Paris for three weeks
Sophie and I used our stay in the world capital of cinema to see many films by foreign authors with our son. Korean, Iranian, Spanish feature films etc.
To our great pride, son loved most of the films we showed him. But one night he asked us to see the last one Thor.
“Why not?” we said to ourselves.
AT THE TOP OF EVEREST
If cretinism is a mountain, so are we Thor: Love and Thunderon the roof of Everest.
The top of the hollow.
Whenever I see a Superman, Spiderman, Aquaman, Antman, Assman, or any other superhero nanar in tights, I always think, “Seems to me like at my son’s age (14 years old) I was promoting the movies to the masses.” attracted and sat at the top of the box office were much more intelligent and complex than the nonsense that the megaplexes present to us today”.
Am I right, or have I become an old idiot?
To get to the bottom of it, I’ve published the titles of the 20 top-grossing films in North America in 1975 and 2021.
These two lists speak for themselves…
The four most popular films of 2021 were: Spider-Man: No Way Home, Venom: Let there be carnage, Black widow and Fast and furious 9.
Three superhero movies and a tank movie.
And the four most popular films of 1975 were: Jaw, One flew over the cuckoo’s nest, shampoo and dog day afternoon.
A masterfully directed thriller, a drama about a prisoner in a mental hospital, a brilliant political satire written by one of Hollywood’s greatest screenwriters (Robert Towne), and a heartbreaking crime drama that follows the misadventures of a gay man who robs a bank for pay for her boyfriend’s sex change operation.
Four films that are considered major works of American cinema.
What other great movies made the 20 Favorite Movies of 1975 list?
Three Days of the Condor by Sydney Pollack trackball by Norman Jewison, love and death by Woody Allen Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick and Alice doesn’t live here anymore by Martin Scorsese.
And 2021? sand dunes by Denis Villeneuve and no time to diethe last James Bond.
I repeat: I am talking here about the films that have sold the most tickets, not the films that have received the best reviews!
ADULTS VS CHILDREN
To say the level is falling is an understatement. He fell. head first.
In 1975, popular cinema was aimed at adults. Today it is aimed at children.
Or to adults who have childlike preferences and interests.
Oh, don’t worry, we’re still making complex and deep films! I see her regularly… Luckily!
But these films no longer attract crowds. Or sell popcorn.
The level drops. Cultural. Intellectually. And political.
There is what there is.