Im pretty sure today's directors, producers and writers arent being influenced by those movies, GxG. Theyre generational. Blade Runner is just as important to today's generation of film makers as Wizard of Oz was to the next 1-2 generations.
...Blade Runner is just a better film.
Oh, thanks for that. I needed a good laugh.
Anyway, no. As a filmmaker, I can say with 100% honesty that Wizard Of Oz
and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
do influence me, and I know I'm not the only one. It doesn't matter how old a movie is. A film made in 1916 can be just as influencial as a film made five years ago. Those films are still influencing filmmakers today as much as they were back in the 40s and 50s. The difference is that, nowadays, the influencing is kinda subconscious, rather than filmmakers saying, "Wizard Of Oz
was so great! I wanna make a movie just like that!"
Also, Blade Runner
probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for films like Wizard Of Oz
. Not to mention a much older film, Metropolis
. As I said, Stagecoach
was the beginning of the Western that we know today. Once space exploration became a big thing, around the mid 50s, the Western slowly died, but it gave way to the Sci-fi genre. Most Sci-fis' are essentially Westerns, just set in a futuristic or space setting. Same stories, characters and themes, just different settings. If it weren't for Stagecoach
, we wouldn't have the Sci-fi genre as we know it today.
The main filmic inspiration for Blade Runner
, a German Silent film from 1927, and Double Indemnity
, a film noir from 1944 by an Austrian director. Metropolis
for it's unique futuristic style and look, as well as the theme of artificial life being made in the image of humans. Double Indemnity
for it's story and dialogue.
Lastly, it's debatable as to wether Blade Runner
is better than any of those three movies. There's a reason why films like Wizard Of Oz
and Gone With The Wind
are often on many top films lists, and that Gone With The Wind
is still the highest grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation).