One of the many commonly used phrases to describe a myriad of things which change and are often compared unfavorably to the past.
I use this phrase to refer to movies of 40 to 60 years past in comparison to as they generally are today. The movies of the 60’s & 70’s with a message weren’t fixated so much on an agenda or defining a group as bad. Typically they pointed to social conditions, sometimes with an embellishment on history where the point was thought to require a bigger hammer.
Different eras contain movies that show what was popular or on the public conscience. The 1950’s and through the 60s and part of the 70s became the era of the message movie. Social change was in the air. In the 1960’s some film makers were willing to explore it, while others exploited it.
Some of the message movies other than those mentioned in this video are;
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Ugly American
A Child Is Waiting
One Potato, Two Potato
In the Heat of the Night
Little Big Man
Stanley Kramer was a director with creativity and longevity who might be considered the leading Hollywood Director for movies with a message.
- Hollywood Celebrates 100th Birthday of Stanley Kramer (voanews.com)
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) movierob.wordpress.com)
- The Message in the Movie (moviemorlocks.com)
- Faith film gets R rating (foxnews.com)