Modern Technology and Classic Movies, It’s a Chalk and Cheese Thing!

You guys know how much I love film, from the modern-day CGI spectacular action-packed movies, back to those black and white classics that were made with such passion with an art form that has certainly lasted the test of time, but thinking about those classic movies, it makes you wonder how the classics could have been ruined by modern technology and I’m not just talking about effects, I’m talking about the tech that we have these days in everyday life.

I recently came across this very sort of thing the other day over on the Sunlife website entitled, How Tech could Ruin Movies, so it got me thinking even more about my love of movies and of course tech.

Over on the Sunlife website, they have a great little movie type animated infographic that mentions several of the movies that I love (that reminds me there are few there that I should bring back with my Retro Reviews), they mention Psycho, yes that Alfred Hitchcock classic that after seeing for the first time would have you wondering about getting in the shower on your own again, but can you imagine how it all would have been different if Marion (Janet Leigh) had the chance to check out the online reviews of Bates Motel, maybe she would have changed her mind and just drove past, what a loss that would have been to celluoid history.

How about that 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is whisked away to the far of Land of Oz and starts her long and exciting journey along the yellow brick road, but just imagine if she’d have had the tech to dial up the Emerald City on her mobile app and find a shorter way to the city, it kind of would have taken all the action and adventure out of the story, no Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow, but then again she could have escaped those flying monkeys!

1997’s Titanic was a global hit and who can forget that hit song from James Horner and Will Jennings, which was performed by Celine Dion! The Southampton to New York City journey would have been very different if the ill-fated ship had had onboard radar and they could have sailed happily past the iceberg, that would have certainly shortened the film down a tad.

Andy Dufresne could have had a different outcome to his jail time in the superb Shawshank Redemption from 1994, imagine if there had been CCTV, a modern-day big brother, to keep an eye on him in his jail cell, things would have been a lot different and the film wouldn’t have had such an amazing story that has fans loving it from around the world.

Birthdays are always something to enjoy and to have fun celebrating with our families, but things could have been very different in 1984’s Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald as angst-ridden Smanatha, what if she’d had social media to use on her 16th birthday! Maybe she could have used it to remind her family of her special day and maybe things would have started off better, but then again we wouldn’t have had another classic 80s movie that many remember Molly Ringwald for.

In 1942, one of my favourite classic movies was released and it just so happens to have one of the most misquoted lines in a film, you know the one “Play it again, Sam“, but in fact, it was simply, “Play it!” in Casablanca. With an uncomfortable love triangle at Rick’s Cafe Americain that could have been very different with a touch of modern technology to ruin the feel of the film which is loved by many. Just imagine if Ugarte (played the amazing Peter Lorre) had sold the letters of transit online! Then Rick (played by Humphrey Bogart) would have missed out on the “beginning of a beautiful friendship” and we would have missed out on such a wonderful example of Film Noir.

Remember Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan back in 1998 when Kathleen (Meg Ryan) found her soulmate online, who tuned out to be the owner of a bookstore chain (Tom Hanks) who was putting her out of business in You’ve Got Mail, this Rom-Com (as we now call them) could have had a totally different outcome if they had both had dating profiles, via one of the many dating sites out there, if Kathleen had seen his profle and noticed who he was and what his vocation was, then a spanner could have been well and truely thrown in the works. But thank heavens the movie turned out the way it did, it’s a modern-day classic.

Technology certainly has its place and thankfully it’s not in the classic movies that we all love and thank goodness they turned out the way they did!

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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham