When it comes to writing and storytelling, time has endowed the future generations with innovation. The art of storytelling has evolved just as much as any other field of study and practice. Everything prior to the now has been a building block, and the now will morph into building blocks for the future. That is why directors like Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, and many other big shots will always be regarded as the best ever. Theyve stapled their mark in the history of cinema a staple that will never be unhinged nor replaced. If anything, it will constantly be referenced in the works of present and future filmmakers due to their essential influence. Masters like Scorsese, Coppola, and Spielberg would be nothing without the blocks built by the aforementioned men. Some directors reference films through their dialogue. Others mimic the styles from filmmakers that they most admire. Every once in a while, however, there are films that recycle a previous concept with fresher, more contemporary features. Hollywood mainstream cinema, for example, is criticized by many fans for frequently producing remakes, sequels, or adaptations rather than original concepts. But what about those original concepts that have also been influenced by a building block from the past? And what about world cinema? This article will analyze ten classic movies and their contemporary successors. Remakes, sequels, and adaptations do not count. The article solely focuses on older films that represent a stepping-stone for a newer, more modern successor. Be warned that spoilers may lie ahead!
I'm currently enrolled in the Film Studies program at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. If you haven't guessed by now, movies and media are as a big of a passion for me as they are for you and would love to hear what you've gotta say as well!