20th Century Fox Celebrates Birthday with Display of Amnesia
20th Century Fox has reached the venerable age of 75. Hooray? 2010 finds the studio chiefly committed to crass, low-brow entertainment (The Tooth Fairy, The A-Team, Marmaduke), so you’d think the birthday would be a good occasion to remind one-and-all of its long and storied history. Instead, it’s produced a drab clip reel that mostly highlights favorites from the last two, underwhelming decades.
The number of classic films overlooked in this piece is truly regrettable. There’s no A Streetcar Named Desire, no Leave Her to Heaven, nor are there any John Ford films (How Green Was My Valley, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road). Fox even has Night and the City and The Diary of Anne Frank in its catalog, but instead we get scenes from bunk like Australia and Wolverine. Ugh.