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Monday, July 22, 2013

The story, not the special effects make a “film classic!” by Brian Pinette



Years ago, they said old does not mean better. But today, with computer generated images and epics - old actually is better.


Russell Crowe in "The Gladiator" was computer generated crowd scenes. That would have been unthinkable and impossible for Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. Even Irwin Allen of the original "Poseidon Adventure" and "Towering Inferno" KNEW that it was the "human equation" (as per Miss Lillian Gish) that made a movie, NOT the special effects. The stories behind the people, the characters in a film make it a classic. Not the special effects and body parts and the objects that glimmer and shine ...

"The Sound of Music" and Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" and “The Wizard of Oz" & "It's A Wonderful Life" are forever. The people make it a story worth telling and re-telling and seeing and viewing over and over again. Animatronics come and go and can always be "topped" by the next computer operator, but simplistic story-telling and talent win hands down. But alas, those sort of films are far and in-between. Like “Gone With the Wind” it is not the characters were remember, it is the special effects. And soon, those effects fall by the wayside when someone else creates even better special effects.



Avatar” vs. Cameron’s “Titanic” ... hands down, the story, the characters and the love make “Titanic” the winner. tale told many times on film, from the early silent/sound era to Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb in the 1950s classic to numerable TV remakes ... it is the story, a simple story and the characters and the acting that makes a film a classic.
TODAY, many will never know that film was created to be "the universal language" -- to transcend time and space and borders. If you take out the human element, you are left with cookie cutter, modular creations. No sympathy, no empathy, just the same old, same old.


Classics are character based, character driven. The same way human lives are nurtured & inspired by relationships not the cars or houses we acquire. It is those personal and profound moments of joy and love that we take with us when we go. 

The family and friends we surround ourselves with, those are the magical memories of life and what makes life worth living.  They are our God given gifts ...