Senior HTF Member
- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
Funny thing is that I don't think people who were teens in 1939 viewed "GWTW" as a "modern movie" the same way those of us who were kids in 1980 still think of "ESB" as "modern".
I can't really explain this!
Part of it may be that the technical vernacular and production code limitations in force for GWTW had fallen out of use four decades later, making it seem an artifact from another time. Films were no longer “one size fits all” for content and were no longer 1.37:1 in 1980.
By contrast, Empire is a special effects driven franchise extravaganza, in widescreen, in a style of filmmaking that’s very much still in play. Animations are used instead of models these days, and composites are done digitally instead of optically, but when you get down to it, it’s an early example of what is the dominant filmmaking style today.