Originally Posted by chirpie
One last note on the "older vs younger" generation. I think it's unreasonable to expect the younger set to be as excited about older films as the rest of us. (There are exceptions to this.) They'll be the most excited about movies from their era.
Take heart in knowing 25 years from now they'll be defending The Matrix from younger folk who don't know any better about how ground breaking it was at the time. Of course the younger folk will scoff at the outdated special effects and music in the film that's played on the oldies stations.
Here's something that I find to be extremely interesting.
I'm 45 years old and grew up in Canada. Before I turned 15 years old (1978), we could only get TWO channels on TV...CBC and CTV. Shortly after, cable television came to my province, and we suddenly had access to all the major US networs...ABC, NBC, CBS, and even PBS. But that was it. 6 channels.
Despite this, I was still able to see a boatload of old classic movies....Bogart, Cagney, Eddy G, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, the original King Kong, etc....movies that came out 20 years or more before I was even born. One of my all-time favorites that I still watch at least once or twice a year, for example, is The Maltese Falcon. It came out in 1941, 21 years before I was born, and 37 years before I saw it for the first time at 15. I remember being blown away by it even then.
Now, young people have hundreds of channels on TV, and I think, because of this information overload, and despite of the fact that you can find virtually any movie you want on DVD or even by downloading (legally or not), most young people today are drawn to things that are immediate and contemporary. They generally couldn't care less about anything that's not current.
I would think that the majority of young film goers today have never even seen a Humphrey Bogart film, and many probably don't even know who he is. If many of them had the chance to see the Maltese Falcon, they probably woudn't last 5 minutes because the things in black and white (I had a young friend of mine tell me that B&W films make her sleepy).
So, in the end, if a young person sees a movie like the Godfather, or the Godfather II, and finds it slow, or boring, I personally think THEY'RE boring. Like I said, when I was their age, I had no problem whatsoever with watching any movie that was made long, LONG before I was born. If someone has a problem getting into a movie that was made more than 5 or 10 years ago, they have an extremely narrow worldview, IMHO.