1. The funny thing about that phenomenon is that people said the same thing back in the 80s. I was in film school at the time, with a group of people you would think would be predisposed to like old movies, and there was still a lot of “what?” “who?” “tell us more grandpa” dismissive arrogance about the past. I keep hearing that the Beatles and Stones (and Dylan and Hendrix and Johnny Cash and Hank Williams and and and) are overrated, too.

    It’s just ignorance. A person born in 1992 is not likely to have seen more than 5 or 10 movies made before 1970 (and we could probably list the ones they’ve seen, too; GwtW, Wizard of Oz, etc.). Their moving-going present-tense probably started in the mid-to-late 90s. They started to get a sense of what was cool and what was not cool by around 2000. They could get to movies without their parents around 2008. Their parents were still paying for them 2 or 3 years ago. Even the very smartest and most interesting movie-buff type people in their mid-20s are still trying their opinions on for size.

    As we all do, of course. But I prefer my opinions to be more field tested. By which I mean, the opinions of others, the opinions I seek out. On blogs like this.

  2. Also, I get all fuzzy feeling inside whenever someone mentions Test Pilot, which on some days is my favorite movie of all time. A vastly superior version of Top Gun. And Myrna Loy was never better.

  3. You hit the nail on the head. The conundrum of wanting to share the treasures of classic movies with younger generations who have no clue is a daunting task. I started with my daughters and they have shared the movies with their friends, some of whom ended up appreciating them. We can all go to TCM’s showing of The Maltese Falcon on the big screen Feb 21 and 24th. See for venues. Take a friend!

    1. Carley Johnson

      Oh hey, thanks for the reminder! Nearly forgot about the Maltese Falcon screening. Good to know we’ll all be there together in spirit!

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