Originally Posted by NetworkTV
I'm still not clear on the dated thing. Most of the films mentioned (including Shane) are westerns that take place prior to the turn of the century in a time before the film industry even existed. In other words, they show a specific time period with sets, clothing and props that reflect that time period.
This isn't a space drama from the 60's or 70's set in the future where everyone is wearing Go-Go boots and viewing vector graphics on CRT screens.
If you're talking about the filmmaking itself, there are plenty of modern films that use that same slow burn style of presentation with few action sequences and a complete lack of shakey cam. Not every movie has to be Transformers.
The fact is, Shane was made in a period when the majority of films relied on a good story, quality dialog and in depth characters to tell a story instead of explosions and a forced plot twist. Hollywood does still make those movies. We just have to wade through products meant to appease the ADD generation to find them.
You may not like the pacing or filmmaking technique, but it doesn't make the film "dated". It's not dated. The story simply isn't being told the way you want it to be.
So fine - go see the remake when it eventually happens. It's only a matter of time until the studio decides toss it back out there starring Ben Affleck or Shia LaBeouf.
I don't know if you were replying to my post or the post I was replying to but since you quoted me, I have to assume you are replying to my post.
Wow. One little phrase gets extrapolated into a totally negative tangent and then veers off into derision.
I was merely pointing out to the poster that all of the movies he cited as preferable to Shane because it is "dated", have many of the same elements.
Not that it should matter but I like\love and own most of the films he mentioned and have been eagerly awaiting the BD of Shane.
One of my all time favorites.
These films imo, all have scenes that reflect the era when they were made, outside of whenever the actual story was set.
It's not a knock on them in any way shape or form. In many aspects it what makes them special but for me it is the timeless quality of these films that matters most.
If Shane had been made in 1969 rather than 1953 or whenever it would have been a different film not better or worse just different because film styles change.
Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid would have been a different film had it been made in the same era as Shane.
A couple of things that do not change in making a good film is story and character and I never said or implied that it didn't.
So as far as my opinions on Westerns of the 50's you can get off your high horse.