WHAT MAKES MOVIES
in theaters unique is that they're like giant canvas paintings come to life, set to words and music. As with paintings, we can notice different styles in them.
Compare the opening for instance of two visually beautiful westerns, "The Searchers" and "The Big Country." Made two years apart, both very 1950's, set in similar landscapes in a similar time period, yet the look and feel-- the style-- of each is completely different.
"The Searchers" opens lush, romantic, folksy, stodgy. The even more unforgettable opening to "The Big Country, by contrast, titles and music, is sleek, clean, modern-- romantic and lush at the same time but in a much different way. We're looking at, and hearing, two different styles of painting.
Note the incredible opening titles to my next "Best" movie selection, #7, coming up shortly. . . .