A nutty composer, two Australians and one of the most gifted actors of his generation sleeping on the job ! These are only a sample of what this final instalment of ‘A history of Warner Brothers in 12 films’ has to offer. I have been honoured to be a part of this wonderful three part series. Even I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the choices of my colleagues. Until next time, please enjoy.


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This is the conclusion of a 3-part series, a collaborative effort by Sean Munger, Robert Horvat and Cody Climer, to profile 12 influential films in the history of Warner Brothers. Part I (1920s-40s) is here, Part II (1950s-70s) is here. This article is by Cody Climer (covering 1990s) and Sean Munger (covering 1980s and 2000s/2010s).

American filmmaking underwent a renaissance in the 1970s. It was the age of both the auteur and the box office blockbuster, and talents like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola remade genres and changed the rules. Warner Brothers had a hand in that renaissance, but the studio also, like all the others, sometimes struggled to keep up in its aftermath. The decades of cinema since the close of the 1970s have been tumultuous, serving up both the best–and the worst–that the media of movies can offer.

Amadeus (1984)

In the best category, it…

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