“You never miss the water ‘til the well runs dry”.
And when all the modern smoke and mirrors finally clear, well ...
the well is pretty dry.
No Burt Lancasters, Charlton Hestons, Kirk Douglas', no Hepburns, Brynners ... no Fonda’s, no Wayne’s ... no Astaires, no Pecks ... nor Cagney's ...
The well is not just dry. It’s gone.
I have a theory. (I always have a theory)
When the old studio film system eventually died it was a costly loss of an incredible artistic fraternity. The old studios and their moguls found and developed great STARS. They searched for and discovered talented people - then trained them - often from childhood up. They had a system; a plan; a program. And it worked. Did it ever. They looked for quality people, ability, character and talent. And found it. The list is so long, I couldn't write it here.
Oh, it wasn't perfect. (Nothing is). And many Stars rebelled against it - disliking it's confinement and regimentation. Eventually it disintegrated.
I wouldn't say there aren't some good actors and talented people around today.
The bucket seems pretty empty a lot of the time.
Especially when you see a 'remake'.