In this essay we'll look at the most significant 1 movies that have been made since the beginning of the motion picture industry in the early years of the twentieth century. We can determine which movies are most significant by determining which movies advance 2 fundamental human values (and which do not).
The fundamental intellectual and moral values on which Western Civilization was founded are now being systematically perverted into their opposite, as depicted in motion pictures and as evidenced in real life.
Fundamental Human Values
Perversion or Inversion
Reason, Intellectual Autonomy, Self-Awareness
Cunning, Mind-Control, Deliberate Ignorance
Egomania, License, Greed
Altruism, Social Cohesion
Rule of Law, Justice
Rule of Corrupt Officials
Programming, Training, Conditioning
Fascism, Imperialism, Globalization
Prepared Military, National Defense
Pre-emptive Unending War, Militarism
Information as Basis of Commonwealth
Misinformation, Propaganda, Brainwashing
Our current situation in America is one in which capitalist fascism has utterly destroyed most of the structures and elements of our entire civilization. We find ourselves in a state of anarchy and fantasy where almost every entity (person, operation, element) has been debased into its worst, most depraved opposite. Our supposed democracy is in reality a pathocracy: a corrupt political-economic system in which capitalist psychopaths and sociopaths have seized power and rule in an insane (psychotic) manner that enhances their power and wealth while utterly destroying working class people.
The phenomenon of the worst being touted as the outstanding is clearly seen in Turner Classic Movies' 2011 presentation of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a 15-episode documentary directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, adapted from his 2004 book The Story of Film chronicling more than 100 years of world film history. Cousins presents the worst films and film directors, e.g. Pulp Fiction (1994) and director Quentin Tarantino, as the best. Unfortunately, most Hollywood producers, writers, directors, and actors have been taken in by such lies and misrepresentations, so 99% of what Hollywood now produces is non-movies extolling political liars, murderers and thugs.
Movies are among the most powerful elements of psychological influence in all world cultures. Part of the significance of the movies featured in this essay is that they have had a very positive, transformative impact on persons of all types. We can identify a truly significant movie in part by the fact that the characters in the screenplay make truly meaningful improvements in their personalities and their lives. The persons in the movie in some way advance fundamental human values.
On the opposite side, debilitating movies contain negative psychic elements and forces which work to discourage persons from achieving anything genuinely transformative or regenerative in their lives.
The change in a person's character in a movie must constitute genuine improvement, not just change--or devolution. An illustrative example of persons making devolutionary changes in their personalities is the movie, The Philadelphia Story. Two persons make changes--actually diminishment or degeneration--in their characters: Tracy Lord (played by Kathryn Hepburn), a rich Main Line Philadelphia socialite, and a working class tabloid-type reporter Macaulay "Mike" Connor (played by James Stewart).
Tracy is told by her philandering father that she should be tolerant--in fact, approving--of his betrayal of his wife, otherwise she would be an incomplete person, made of bronze. This amoral capitalist father has the gall to tell his daughter that she's to blame for his disloyalty to his wife, that if she had been an adoring daughter (as she ought to be, according to him), he would not have gone off seeking the illusion of youth through adultery with a chorus girl. Tracy knuckles under and changes into an adoring daughter who accepts unquestionably her father's adulterous betrayal of his wife.
Tracy's ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (played by Cary Grant) also tells her that she was wrong in not tolerating his being a drunk when they were married. He brow-beats her into believing that unless she becomes tolerant--indeed approving--of his and others' character flaws that she is a prig. Unfortunately, Tracy also aceeds to the blandishments of her ex-husband and loses her quite correct disapproval of amoral drunken behavior, including her own.
Macaulay Connor begins with a justifiable critical attitude toward the greed and indifference of the wealthy class. As he falls in love with Tracy, however, his character degnerates, and he becomes tolerant of capitalist evil, adopting the maxim:
"With the rich and mighty, always a little patience."
Both Tracy and Mike make changes in their personalities, but they are retrogressive instead of progressive. Outstanding movies illustrate positive improvement in a character's being.
Listed below are the movies the author considers to be the most significant movies ever produced. (In some cases, you can click on the image to link to additional information.)
The presence of transformative elements found in these movies is in no case the responsibility of the motion picture studio executives in charge of the movie. In most instances such executives were not even aware of the transformative elements. For example, Warner Brothers studios was totally unaware of the transformative elements in the movie King's Row. They thought they had a winning combination with Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan, so next put them together in a movie entitled Juke Girl, a production containing nothing but crazed and satanic elements.
A movie such as It's A Wonderful Life possesses transformative elements because the director, Frank Kapra, was aware of such fundamental constituents and produced and directed the movie in a manner that emphasized them. Kapra had somehow, we don't know how, come in touch with the advanced Perennialist Tradition that possesses the higher knowledge as to how to transform persons into spiritually higher beings.
Many of the movies featured in this essay have been chosen because they meet these additional criteria:
The movie is based on a well-written script
It contains well-developed characters
The movie is based on an extensively developed story line
The characters show "development" (mental and ethical improvement) in the course of the story
The acting is outstanding: revealing genuine human emotional and intellectual qualities
The directing is exceptional: the entire movie is brought together into a cohesive unity