. . . are you kiddin’ me? you think the '30s is the “golden age of hollywood”? why does sebastian even let you to post here. you should be banned immediately . . .
. . . compared to the '70s the '30s sucks pig shit. it’s the seventies you should be excited about: can anything bette davis ever did compare to brody getting a sudden close-up view of the shark’s cavities in jaws, or willard and crew sailing up river away from the chaos of the do lung bridge in apocalypse now . . .
. . . get down on your knees and beg for mercy, biobasterd . . .
. . . look, i like to watch that old stuff too. i love the easy-to-understand morality stories and messages in shows like bride of frankenstein and the ports of new york and touch of evil. and i do enjoy watching the hungarian great bela lugosi, such a total sleazebag in his roles. but the truth is the stuff from the thirties/forties/fifties is generally super basic and one-dimensionial, it’s like watching saturday morning cartoons in comparison to the works of the greats of the TRUE golden age of cinema: coppola, scorcese, spielberg, friedkin et al . . .
I won’t argue of the filmmakers mentioned above, and I can name a few films that supersede the likes of the films mentioned above.
Directors: John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Elia Kazan, George Cukor, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles, Cecil B. DeMile, John Huston, Robert Aldrich, George Stevens, and a crap load more I’m forgetting.
The Searchers, All About Eve, Giant, Casablanca, Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, The Maltese Falcon, Gaslight, East Of Eden, On The Waterfront, Citizen Kane, Mildred Pierce, and not to mention all the Hitchcock films.
I don’t know why you mentioned William Friedkin, I mean he only made two good films that I can think of which were The Excorsist and French Connection. Spielberg and Scorsese are really the most prominent names from that era and they still hold the torch for the future generation which are guys like : PT, QT, Aranofsky, etc. And I bet none of those guys would disregard classic cinema in the sense that you do, and it’s obvious you haven’t seen your share, but that’s fine. To each it’s own. You watch what you like and I’ll continue watching what I like. No point to argue.