Originally Posted by AndyWilson
What on earth has when a film was made got to do with how good it is?
Nothing directly, but contemporary values might influence reviews depending on the theme of the story. Take 12 Angry Men
for instance; a great classic anytime and anyplace, but if the same film was made exactly the same way now in a contemporary setting
and without there being the original for comparison, there would be more than a few feathers ruffled at the all male & all white jury. Some have even commented that it was rather unusual even in 1957.
Of course, costume dramas and historical films have to reflect the attitude of the day irrespective of when they were actually made. But with contemporary themes, racist overtones and sexism were accepted in the 50s and even 60s but not now. How many times have we heard the hero or some other male actor tell a female character "this is no place for a woman" in an annoyingly patronising manner in older films?