Thousands of new feature films are produced ever year, with India’s Bollywood leading the way with well over a 1200 glittering cinematic spectaculars released annually. Add to that the vast amount of independent and short films created and, by some estimates, you reach an astounding 50 000. But how many actually made a difference to the way we live, the way we think, the way the world is?
Movie making is more than a hundred years old, yet in all that time only a handful of films have really shook the world. Think spectacle. Controversy. Conscience. Science and politics use logic – but cinematic art gets a grip on your emotions. Then doesn’t let go. The following films have made the world think differently, argue and ultimately, change:
Sci-fi is a graphic designer’s dream: lurid planetary colours! Monsters! Tentacles! Women screaming! The 1950s was the heyday. Not held back by political correctness, artists went wild with buxom women in waspishly waisted costumes and the graphic depictions of the things that made young kids reading comic books by torchlight afraid – those pesky aliens. But before all that was…