In the Eighties, stars like Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Eddie Murphy explode on the screen. Aliens, time travelers, ghosts and road warriors share the cineplex with troubled teens, battered boxers, classical composers and career girls.
As America falls for stars like Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington and Will Smith, masters like Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Jane Campion and the Coen Brothers direct some of their best-loved work. A robust independent film movement introduces directors like Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Singleton and David Fincher.
As the new century begins, beloved books and comic-book crusaders become box-office gold, musicals and cartoons win audiences and Oscars, coarse comedies and epic dramas showcase Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a new generation of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds finds its voice.
Directors become masters of the medium as Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas and other filmmakers create a New Hollywood that pushes the medium of moviemaking to its apex, just as a new generation of movie stars like Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, and Pam Grier light up the screen.
The Sixties are a decade of change off-screen and on. Classic musicals and epics featuring luminaries like Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor make room for meaningful masterpieces from filmmakers like Kubrick, Hitchcock and Nichols and stars like Redford, Newman and Poitier.
The Golden Age
From the 1930s through the 1950s, Hollywood studios create the most iconic and beloved films of all time, and America falls in love with the movies as stars like Bogie, Brando and Marilyn became icons.
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ABOUT THE SHOW
Whether to escape from the Great Depression, marvel at a world far, far away or be transported to a world filled with Muggles and magic, movies are an inescapable part of our culture. Through the lens of cinema, we can look back on decades of our society’s culture and beliefs and possibly catch a glimpse of where we are going.
The CNN Original Series The Movies is an extension of the very successful “Decades” series produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Pictures and Herzog & Co. Over its 6 episode run, The Movies will give new insights and behind the scenes glimpses into some of the most beloved and influential films from the dawn of cinema to present day.
7/7 THE EIGHTIES
7/14 THE NINETIES
7/21 THE 2000s
7/28 THE SEVENTIES
8/11 THE SIXTIES
8/18 THE GOLDEN AGE