no decade is low enough,i’d rather die :)
p.s.: only 1895 to 1899 could be considered low because there weren’t enough masterpieces before the 21st century took place….but that would be a lie because there are so many lost films from the 21st century,it would be difficult to distinguish which is which :)
Ah, you didn’t let me down Dimitris – I knew you wouldn’t answer the question…even with a gun to your head. lol
The 1950s. There were too many great films from many of the greatest directors of all time and too many great films from genres that don’t really exist anymore.
While the 1940s is better overall for film noir, the 50s were still a great film noir decade. The 50s is arguably the best decade for the western, although I like the 60s westerns better. Arguably Fellini’s best decade and Bergman’s best decade. I am not familiar with Satyajit Ray, but his Apu trilogy is from the 50s. The best decade for Japan and Kurosawa. Arguably the best decade for many of the great American directors or directors working in America – Hitchcock, Ford, Huston, Wilder, Wyler, Hawks, Dassin, Ray, Stevens, Preminger, Minnelli, Kazan, Mankiewicz, Mackendrick, Sirk, Zinnemann.
The 50s is also arguably the best decade for Disney. It is a great decade for science fiction (Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Thing from Another World) and the genesis of Hammer Horror (Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein). It is also a pretty darn good decade for France.
I would say the 60s and 70s, then the 30s and 50s. Everything has gone way downhill since the mid- 80s, and cinema is at an all time low at present.
As I have already stated – twice – I’m not defending the 80s as decade of note. The 80s was not getting a mention in this thread at all, so initially I only wanted to point out that there is actually quite a lot to admire/enjoy and didn’t deserve to be ignored. Granted much of it has dated severely but that’s all relative (during the 80s is twas fashionable to sneer at the 70s). But, as I also pointed out, I actually agree totally that the decade is indeed rather a low point (and only someone who loves American teen comedies/dramas would disagree).
I don’t have an opinion on what is necessarily the ‘best’ decade and I would struggle to put them in order of merit. American cinema has had two Golden ages of course – Hollywood of the late 30s to early 40s and the groundbreaking auteurs of the 70s. The 60s and (to some degree) the 80s were good for European cinema. British film was consistently great from the 40s and well into the ‘kitchen sink’ realism of the 60s.
If I had a gun pointed at my head though ;) ;) I may have to concur that the 50s was the most consistently great across the board – it’s certainly a more rewarding experience listing the masterpieces released in this decade than the one 30 years later!
The 30’s sucked
The 40’s sucked
The 50’s sucked
The 60’s sucked
The 70’s sucked
The 80’s….well the 80’s had Raging Bull
the 90’s sucked
The present decade sucks
Me thinks that someone has a rather select taste? ;) And does that mean that the 80s has got its first vote??
No, that was just a joke that one of my favorite musicians Jeff Buckley said.
I said in an earlier post that I think the 80’s are my least favorite decade. That being said, the 80’s still have a lot of great films and a lot that I still need to see. So I guess they are just temporarily my least favorite until proven otherwise.
The Auteurs could develop a personal stats page, actually :)
Of course you were joking. The 80s could never be anyone’s favourite decade – even by default!
The 80’s is like that really annoying kid that is trying really hard to be cool but can just never quite get accepted.
A Top 10 of 80’s Films to Prove that it was a Great Decade and Anyone can Discover More! :)
(in chronological order)
1:Arrebato by Ivan Zulueta (1980)
2:Transes by Ahamed El Maanouni (1981)
3:Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog (1982)
4:Three Crowns of the Sailor by Raoul Ruiz (1983)
5:This is Spinal Tap by Rob Reiner (1984)
6:Topos by Antouanetta Angelidi (1985)
7:Comrades by Bill Douglas (1986)
8:Motherland Hotel by Omer Kavur (1987)
9:Time of the Gypsies by Emir Kusturica (1988)
10:My 20th Century by Ildiko Enyedi (1989)
there are more but i just wanted to give a primary example :)
I´m glad you managed to see Bill Douglas´ masterpiece “Comrades”, it´s easily my favorite out of those closely followed by “Time of the Gypsies”.
Thanks Dimitris for reminding me of Bill Douglas. And that I missed Fitzcarraldo!!
the BFI really cares for its editions guys,hehehe,lucky me for going downtown most of the times :D
Apu,you’re gonna admire Enyedi and Angelidi films once you find them somewhere,i had to add a couple of ladies on that list ;)
Nice list. I will have to check those out. I actually own This Is Spinal Tap but I haven’t watched it yet.
Present decade is the best and I’m proud to be the only person who thinks this!
This is very hard question, but I said
Bunuel’s Charme, Fantome and Objet.
Fellini’s Amarcord and Roma.
Antonioni’s Professione: reporter.
Olmi’s Tree of Wooden Clogs.
Tarkovsky’s Solyaris, Zerkalo and Stalker.
Coppola’s Godfathers, Conversation and Apocalypse.
Makavejev’s WR, Sweet Movie.
Bato Cengic: The Role of My Family in the World Revolution.
Karpo Acimovic Godina: I Miss Sonia Henie and Healthy People for Fun!
Truffaut’s l’argent et la nuit.
Forman’s One Flew.
Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum.
Fassbinder’s ALL! but Ali, Fear Eats the Soul.
Herzog’s Aguirre, Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek.
Wenders’ Die Angst des Tormanns.
Bergman’s The Touch, Cries and Whispers, Sonata.
Wajda’s Man of Marble.
… and many more.
I want to say it again, in case somebody somehow hasn’t recognized it, yet.
The best decade for films was clearly the 1980s. That’s an undebatable fact! :-)
I Doubt that we will be able to Separate the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s but the 70’s has to be number 1 for American Film with,
Dog Day Afternoon
The Godfather 1 & 2
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
A Clockwork Orange
All The Presidents Men
The 1960’s would have to be my favorite decade. It was Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville’s best decade, Kubrick provided quite a few classics, there’s really just too many great films to name
10s: Dr Caligari
20s: Sherlock Jr
30s: Horse Feathers
40s: La belle et la bête
80s: Pauline at the Beach
90s: Germany Year Zero
00s: curse of the jade scorpion or Thomas Pynchon: A Journey Into the Mind of P
the best decade was the 1950s: Godard and Rohmer were coming on the scene you had nick ray and Stevens at the height of their powers. Bogart, Grant, Welles, Mitchum, all at the height of theirs
Again, the 50s:
Just in America:
The Asphalt Jungle
All About Eve
In a Lonely Place
Ace in the Hole
The African Queen
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Strangers on a Train
Singing’ in the Rain
The Big Heat
The Naked Spur
From Here to Eternity
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Caine Mutiny
Dial M for Murder
On the Waterfront
Bad Day at Black Rock
Creature from the Black Lagoon
The Seven Year Itch
Kiss Me Deadly
East of Eden
Night of the Hunter
Rebel Without a Cause
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Wrong Man
Paths of Glory
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Horror of Dracula
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Touch of Evil
The Narrow Margin
Sweet Smell of Success
North by Northwest
Some Like It Hot
12 Angry Men
I’m missing plenty.
My favorite decades are the ’40s and ’50s. The ’60s I would say, is the greatest decade for film.
I should have gotten on this thread a month ago when it was more fresh, but anyway…
I think my personal favorite decade is the 70s, because a lot of my favorite directors were at their height (Kubrick, Coppola, etc.) and I just like the gritty feel of 70’s films in general, but I think Francis above made the best case for the 50s being the most important and productive decade to film. I think that is fairly easy to argue; just so many genres and so many classic, canonical directors were at their height of greatness, both in America and abroad. I would also stress that so many 50s films that I continue to encounter really stand the test of time and still feel relevant and fresh, where as I think the 60s tends to be really overrated because so many 60s films tend to feel really dated, too much “of their time”. Even a lot of great 60s films that I love still come across as somewhat campy and silly nowadays, a little harder to take as seriously as they were intended to be.
I think it is 60s hands down…. Just look at the work of Godard, Bergman, Truffaut, Fellini, Antonioni, Polanski, Kurosawa, Malle and a lot more…. Cinema was brutally transforming!
“What was the best decade for film? 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, or our present decade?”
ALL DECADES WERE PERFECT, why? because all decades hide SECRET MASTERPIECES, that’s why!!!
“ALL DECADES WERE PERFECT, why? because all decades hide SECRET MASTERPIECES, that’s why!!!”
-True, sir. Very, very true…