For a serious
resurrection of this old thread, how about showing The Artist
to people from either side of the introduction of Talkies... (Yes, I know that was well before the '50s, but this is by way of taking liberties with the question, to break the ice.)
To the ones who are unsure about prerecorded sound, the "sounds" segment might be interesting, to those who are progressive, show that a good story can still be shown (mostly) without the new-fangled developments. (Also show them Silent Movie
and/or The Plank
... Because, why not?)
For SF showcasing, even to the '50s directors, I already had in mind "Silent Running" (as a picture in my head, with honestly no realisation that when I remembered the title it would be so linked!), with half a mind to kick-starting the environmental/scientific aspects. Blade Runner, also (yeah, another reason why, with the recall of "Running", my head asplode!) for its messages, but the effects stand up well, even to us...
For fun, I think I'd like to get The Italian Job ('69 original, naturally!) into this game, too. Cinematically, long-shots, in-car shots, following/leading viewpoints, panning galore and the tense bit leading up to the "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" quote have got
to be educational and informative in the development of the art of shot composition. You could use The French Connection and/or Bullit for some of these things, if you wish (and the split-frame effects are a bonus), but I'd rather you just take time to show them all, to any appreciative audience.
As a bad
example of camera-shottery, any (Bay era) Transformers movie. Effects would stun them, probably, but the camera movement around the scene would demonstrate the extreme over-use of (real or virtual) panning/tracking/rotating shots... Not unique to the modern era, but an easy target.
(Amazingly, this last suggestion and my first are the only examples that have popped up in the last decade, so unknown to the original threadsters...)
And, to stretch a point further, I'd go back to Shakespeare's times and show Shakespeare (and/or Bacon and the rest) various adaptations of his plays, especially including Olivier's
Forbidden Planet has already been mentioned, but it would be interesting to see if it was recognised (or, if I get the timing wrong, plagiarised!) by Will, or whoever...
Extra Credit having doubtless expired, or at least the incentive for it, I shall merely present the same current fact as Freddy aludes to, by his image, upon the first of the credit-points (with the personal opinion that it wasn't terrible
, but that's not to say it wasn't roundly revised in the conversion process).
For the second, it's an initialism. "Broken Out Of Time, It's Lovely If That's You". The feeling in your gut that you get when, after returning from the past (having interfered by showing people things that hadn't happened for decades, if mot centuries, in their original futures), you think
you're about to meet someone you knew well, before your trip back in time, but you're unsure if they're still the same person. Or, if they appear to be, you are the same person to them as you think you ought to be.