I’m reviewing a lot of movies lately. I’m excited to be involved in this new project called Reelay that I believe to be a real game changer.
But I was struck when I came upon this article in Entertainment Weekly, admittledy written during lockdown when everyone had nothing better to do.
Movies have always been a reflection of the times in which they were made. Many of the classic movies we love and cherish today were made in a different era, with different cultural norms and values.
TCM has recently reviewed old movies and identified some that are problematic by today’s standards. While it’s important to acknowledge that some behavior depicted in these movies wouldn’t be accepted today, it’s equally important to remember that these movies were made in a different time with different social norms and values. It’s unfair to judge these movies by today’s standards, without taking into account the context in which they were made.
The world has changed. It often does.
Consider that these movies are a reflection of the culture and society in which they were made. By erasing or censoring them, we risk erasing a part of our cultural heritage and losing an important window into the past. Instead of erasing these movies, we should use them as an opportunity to learn from the past and understand how our society has evolved over time.
What’s done is done.
It’s also worth noting that many of these movies were groundbreaking in their time and helped to push the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in popular culture. While some of the elements may be problematic by today’s standards, it’s important to remember the impact that these movies had on popular culture and the role they played in shaping our society.
PS; Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a masterpiece. As is.