What is the best decade for cinema?

If you have been clicking through this website, you probably already know my answer to this.

The 70’s

The best decade for global cinema, I’m not just talking about American cinema here, is the 1970’s. Whether we’re talking about films made in France, Japan or US, the 1970’s produced some of the best forms of cinematic expression hands down.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it was something in the water? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the government started putting fluoride starting in the 1980’s? But in the 1970’s, regardless of the director, regardless of the country, there were great movies coming out. We’re not talking about people having to wait 2-3 years for one great movie to be replaced by another great movie. We’re talking about every 6 months. What’s going on?

I wish I could tell you that there was some sort of concerted Hollywood project to crank out the very best in Hollywood entertainment, but there was no Manhattan project for cinematic excellence back then nor is there one today. All of this happened randomly at different points in the world, different people coming in with different reasons and somehow, someway, things just worked out.

What I really love about the 1970’s is that it’s very diverse. We’re not just talking about a decade that produced great cinematic expression in the form of a war movie. Sure, Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter are great war movies, but the 1970’s was also awesome because of Chinatown. That didn’t involve a war. The Godfather, although had WWII elements in it, was by enlarge, a family story.

The best decade for global cinema, I’m not just talking about American cinema here, is the 1970’s. Whether we’re talking about films made in France, Japan or US, the 1970’s produced some of the best forms of cinematic expression hands down.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it was something in the water? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the government started putting fluoride starting in the 1980’s? But in the 1970’s, regardless of the director, regardless of the country, there were great movies coming out. We’re not talking about people having to wait 2-3 years for one great movie to be replaced by another great movie. We’re talking about every 6 months. What’s going on?

I wish I could tell you that there was some sort of concerted Hollywood project to crank out the very best in Hollywood entertainment, but there was no Manhattan project for cinematic excellence back then nor is there one today. All of this happened randomly at different points in the world, different people coming in with different reasons and somehow, someway, things just worked out.

What I really love about the 1970’s is that it’s very diverse. We’re not just talking about a decade that produced great cinematic expression in the form of a war movie. Sure, Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter are great war movies, but the 1970’s was also awesome because of Chinatown. That didn’t involve a war. The Godfather, although had WWII elements in it, was by enlarge, a family story.