What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Introduce yourself to the community or chat with other users about whatever is on your mind
CosmicMonkey
Posts: 552
1191 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:52 pm

What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by CosmicMonkey »

Inspired after hearing a 21-year old coworker describe The Matrix as an "old classic" I'm really curious what other people consider the cut-off to be between classic and modern film-making, or between old films and new films (is there a difference between those two for you?)

Personally, I would consider the cut-off to be roughly the early '70s. Something from the late 60s would be "classic" cinema, something from the mid-70s would be modern and films like MASH or The Godfather would be on the borderline and could go either way.

ramynoodle
Posts: 54
1262 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:46 pm

Re: What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by ramynoodle »

I draw the line at the year I was born.

saudade
Posts: 161
3096 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:27 am

Re: What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by saudade »

‘Classic’ could be a decade old in my opinion, but throw ‘old’ in the mix, and my mind goes to ‘60s and earlier.

kgbelliveau
Posts: 149
1334 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:02 pm

Re: What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by kgbelliveau »

The word classic has lost its way a little bit in films and television I find. Something's are declared instant classics and some "classics" only have a very small cult following. I would say the classics are defined as those films from the 60s 70s and now even the 80s that have universal love from audiences.

The above point about drawing the line at the year you were born is a good idea but for those born in the year 2000 which is now over 20 years ago that becomes much harder to define what truly makes up a classic.

Mentaculus
Posts: 212
3175 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:17 am

Re: What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by Mentaculus »

We had a running gag in film school undergrad that anything made prior to 1994 was "too old".

It was facetious then (making fun of people who thought Jurassic Park was not modern enough). But with hindsight I'm kind of inclined to say it seriously.

Personally though I don't see "old" and "new" or "classic" and "whatever not a classic is". "Old" may refer to certain approaches in filmmaking style, tech, or tone, but the more recent cinema I see the more I realize a lot of things don't go out of style.

JakeAesthete
Posts: 27
3700 Ratings
Your TCI: na
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:41 am

Re: What do you consider "old" or "vintage"?

Post by JakeAesthete »

There are no "old" films yet. Cinema is still a new art form, which just happens to have been born during a uniquely hyper-accelerated period of history (and one in which people consequentially have a uniquely distorted perception of time.)

Post Reply