16th Jun 2019
Films That Were Way Ahead of Their Time were extraordinary
Talking about timeless rare movies for sale, it’s impossible to not discuss these films that were extraordinarily progressive for the social landscape they were released in.
It may have taken decades to appreciate masterpieces that were produced during the golden era of Hollywood, but it’s better late than never. Good classics age like wine: they only get better with time and we only get wise enough with age to value their existence.
Here are some examples that need to be honored and appreciated for the service they have done to the industry and to our society, since the time they were released.
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922)
Directed by the legend Fritz Lang himself, this movie is the ultimate crime epic that makes every minute spent watching the 268-minute-long silent film an investment you won’t regret. It portrays the mastermind Dr. Mabuse who seizes Berlin through his criminal feats and successfully dodges the attempts of Detective Wenk to stop him.
During the time that Dr. Mabuse exercised control over Berlin, crime was an epidemic and Dr. Mabuse was one player in the web of this crime wave. The plot may sound like something you’ve heard many times before but that’s the beauty of it. This film was an influential trendsetter in the industry that left behind a masterwork that has, and still is being used as an iconic example in storytelling and films. It won’t be a surprise to find subtle references to this film in subsequent crime films that have been released since.
The Trial (1962)
An adaptation of a book by Franz Kafka, The Trial was a gamble to begin with. Since it’s based on one of the greatest works of literature which was penned by a writer of unmatched abilities, the task of adapting it in screenplay was impossible, to say the least. Since movies based on books already have a soiled reputation for being bad remakes, it added to the pressure that was laden on Orson Welles’ shoulders. But since the director was a legend of equal stature in the film industry, the film came out as a brilliant masterpiece.
It’s commendable how Welles aptly captures the surreal, dream-like state of a clerk who’s accused of an ambiguous crime that the system of justice fails to explain to him. The disjunction between the reality of the character’s life and the sequence of events that are happening in it in the worst of ways is astoundingly brilliant and Welles does a great service by portraying it exactly.