Online lists of information existed long before Buzzfeed became viral on the web. While online users feel that abbreviated media is now the standard execution of content, list-making has always been a skillful marketing method of providing easy information.
When I decided that I wanted to learn more about classic Hollywood, I had no idea where to begin. Since “classic” holds so many different definitions, I knew I wanted to find a list that would encapsulate several genres, eras, and themes. I found what I needed in the American Film Institute’s Top 400 films, all of which were nominated for the site’s several Top 10 lists.
As I made my way through this hefty list of films, I found characters to love, actors to admire, and subject matter to find interesting. I began jotting them down, constructing my own list of 200 films. This list travels through eras and careers of certain actors and directors about whom I researched.
Through this process, I felt inspired to construct some more lists of my own. After watch film after film, and finding so many features to love, making a list for myself was really an organizational tactic. They provide a fun method for film fans to identify what they define as a “classic.”
In this digital world, defining such a term is problematic due to the countless niche audiences and fandoms to be found on the web. Classic film is definitely making a comeback, due to the resources the internet provides.
In the spirit of list-making, I’m going to list the Buzzfeed pages I found to best represent how classic film is developing its own new niche audience.
THE GREATEST BUZZFEED LISTS ABOUT CLASSIC FILM: