I was thinking about movies that capture the spirit of a particular decade.
Some obvious ones are Oliver Stone’s Wall Street for the 80’s and The Graduate for the 1960’s. For the early part of the 70’s I would go with Jack Nicholson’s Five Easy Pieces.
For the life of me though, I can’t think of any particular movie for the 90’s.
Now for the ground rules which I am making up as I type.
* The movie has to have been made during that decade. None of this nostalgic looking-back type of movie. The film has to be of the moment and it should "know" this. * We're not talking about great movies that were simply produced during that decade. In other words, let's take Jaws from the 1970's or E.T. from the 80's.
Both of these movies are strongly identified with that decade but aren’t really ABOUT that decade. This makes sense right?
* The film should capture a moment in time, so to speak and should engulf and embody aspects -like music and dress- that are associated with that particular period. Hmm… I’m not sure if that one makes any sense at all. Maybe I should stop here.