- Jan 16, 2000
there's absolutely nothing in The French Connection that hasn't been outdone a dozen times since.
Errrr.... and there's also no cinematic technique in 'Citizen Kane' that hasn't been outdone a dozen times since, but its considered the best movie ever made because it introduced many, now vital aspects of cinema to the world. The same can be said for 'The French Connection'. I certainly don't think that movies inspired by it have made it 'obsolete', quite the contrary in fact. 'TFC' has built up a mythology over the years that is synonymous with gritty realism. IMHO its an essential, still-relevant today, classic of modern cinema - a true landmark film.
And the so-called 'boring' aspect of police work that is portrayed is in-part what gives it the realism that it strives for, gives the viewer a better understanding of what detectives actually DO, and is what sets it apart from the more mudane, glossy police movies - of which there are to many to count.
I think it was the deserved winner in '71 - which is rare nowadays for an Oscar victory!
there's absolutely nothing in The French Connection that hasn't been outdone a dozen times since
So you're saying that, when judging, the Academy should jump forward in time thirty years and, if the movie's been cloned and outdone, they should then discard that movie fron contention? Sorry about my sarcasm.
My opinion is that if a film is so good that it inspires others to copy and better sequences from it, then it is deserving of being named Best Picture.
My wife fell asleep about an hour into the movie!
I don't know that the Best Picture award is really all about rewarding the film that best acts as a caffeine substitute. If so, Rush Hour 2 oughtta be this year's top prize winner; after all, who could fall asleep with Chris Tucker's nails-on-a-blackboard voice jackhammmering away at the inside of his or her skull?
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