Docuseries The Movies, Now on HBO

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Starting in January, HBO and HBO GO will premiere The Movies, a documentary series which takes a journey through the history of cinema in Hollywood and around the world. 

The Movies (2019) consists of six chapters organized by decades; starting in the 1980s, followed by the 1990s and so on (2000’ and 2010’s) - then taking a turn towards the 1970s, 1960s and finishing the sixth installment of the series with the golden age of Hollywood.

One might ask why The Movies starts with the eighties, and the answer could possibly have something subjective or personal for its creators, as it is produced by Tom Hanks, whose leap to fame was in during those years. What began in 1980 with the romantic TV series The Love Boat followed to leading roles in comedies such as Splash (1984), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) or Big (1988). 

Generationally, Tom Hanks is very close to a group of directors and actors who cemented his career in those years, such as Steven Spielberg or Meryl Streep who gained critical acclaim for her role in Alan Pakula’s Sophie's Choice (1982). Spielberg, who saw his original ascent in the seventies with the historic Jaws (1975), saw the consolidation of his career with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). The 1980s also saw Spielberg make his debut as a serious filmmaker by directing powerful films such as The Color Purple (1985) and Empire of the Sun (1987).

Streep and Spielberg both appear in The Movies leading the conversation in the series’s first chapter (the longest in the series). These were also the years of great box-office hits such as The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Back to the Future (1985). The icing on the cake for the decade was none other than Stanley Kubrick (who had been a genius since the fifties) as he released his masterpiece, The Shining in 1980.

The 1990s episode is presented as the era of Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith. Prominent directors such as Jane Campion, the Coen Brothers, and Jonathan Demme opened the decade with the impressive The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The 1990s, during its final stretch - also saw the birth of a unique trilogy that fused Asian martial arts cinema with American science fiction and gave Keanu Reeves an important place in film history. Undoubtedly, The Matrix (1999) and its sequels created whole contemporary mythology.

The 2000s segment of The Movies covers the great fantasy sagas of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and the superhero franchise films from comic books. 

The return to the 1970s is especially interesting in contrast to the previous chapter because this decade saw the emergence of what was understood as the new American cinema; an independent lense without large budgets but intriguing stories. The 1970s saw the rise of groundbreaking directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg himself. These were also the years of generational actors in American cinema such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Pam Grier and Meryl Streep herself amongst many others. 

The 1960s episode introduces viewers to Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Redford, and Sidney Poitier and to legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Nichols. 

And finally, the last chapter brings us the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930 to 1950). The segment shows the viewer how studios created the most iconic and beloved films of all time alongside immortal acting legends such as Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe. 

The Movies series shows the viewers the story behind cinema but also about the social and political shifts of each moment; giving us a broader picture and a deeper understanding of each film and its advanced contributions.

The series features interviews with Paul Thomas Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jon Favreau, Antoine Fuqua, Morgan Freeman, Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Amy Heckerling, Ron Howard, Holly Hunter, Anjelica Huston, Baz Luhrmann, Julianne Moore, Ed Norton, Rob Reiner, Molly Ringwald, Maya Rudolph, Ridley Scott, John Singleton, Sharon Stone, Robert Zemeckis and many more.

The Movies is a production by Playtone, a company founded by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Playtone has the same name as the company imagined for the film That Thing You Do! (1996), directed and starring Hanks. The company has produced films such as Cast Away (by Robert Zemeckis with Tom Hanks), My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Polar Express (also by Zemeckis with Hanks) and the hit musical Mamma Mia!

The Movies, a documentary series about the films that marked generations and delivered a transcendental impact on our culture can be enjoyed starting January 14 on HBO and HBO GO.

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