I recently purchased the Universal Studios 100th Anniversary Collection. I got it for a great price and after looking over the films it included, a library of classics, I was quite excited to start rolling through them.
The first film we watched was 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and I thoroughly enjoyed it. With the majority of films these days falling under the Michael Bay disease, I've been moving my film selection to older and older movies and I couldn't be happier.
'All Quiet' was released in 1930 and is the story of young students that enlist in the German army during World War I. Knowing the time this film came out and the perspective and chance that Universal took on it, is impressive on it's own. Not to mention that the film was also one of the biggest budget movies of its time and right near the time of the Depression.
What I think I loved the most about this film is it's simplicity and desire for good storytelling. The older I get, the more I find appreciation in where the film industry has come from. Watching 'All Quiet' helped me see where other war films & shows have possibly taken ideas from and pushed them further. I love the pace of these old films and their willingness to try and push a lot of emotion and realism through the camera.
What is an older film you've watched recently?
What older film do you want to see?