Timeline of Greatest Film
Milestones and Turning Points
in Film History

The Year 2017

Timeline of Greatest Film History Milestones and Turning Points
(by decade and year)
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The Year 2017
Event and Significance
Writer/director and legendary film-maker George A. Romero, who essentially launched the modern zombie film sub-genre, died at the age of 77. His most influential film, influenced by Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, was the low-budget, black and white, gory B-movie cult classic Night of the Living Dead (1968). It told about a group of people (with an heroic black male lead) trapped in a remote Pennsylvania farmhouse who became prey to a horde of slow-moving, ravenous zombies. Further zombie classics included the sequel Dawn of the Dead (1978) - a critique of consumerism, Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009).
Character actor Martin Landau died at the age of 89. In his career, he had three Oscar supporting actor nominations with one win -- Best Supporting Actor in director Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), for his role as the dying, once-famous screen vampire Bela Lugosi. He was also nominated for roles in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). His first memorable role was as the villain's right-hand man Leonard in Alfred Hitchcock’s action suspense-thriller North by Northwest (1959). Landau's most famous non-widescreen role was in the late 60's TV's Mission: Impossible as Rollin Hand, a master of disguise.
Wonder Woman (2017), a superhero movie from Warner Bros. and DC Comics and directed by Patty Jenkins, became the biggest blockbuster ever directed by a woman. It scored a $103.3 million debut in its first opening weekend. Jenkins, who previously directed Monster (2003) starring Charlize Theron, became the record holder for the biggest domestic opening for a feature film by a female director, and the first to top the $100 million mark.
One of the most influential producers in the film industry, 65 year-old Harvey Weinstein, fell from his position of power and influence due to allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and predatory behavior. Miramax (co-founded by Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob in 1979) was the most influential film company in the 1990s, with many classic and Academy Award-winning films including The Crying Game (1992), Clerks (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), Best Picture winners: The English Patient (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Chicago (2002), Good Will Hunting (1997), and Gangs of New York (2002). Then, their subsequent Weinstein Company produced other winning-films including Blue Valentine (2010), Best Picture winners: The King's Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011), Django Unchained (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Carol (2015). His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations (29 films received Best Picture nominations under the Miramax or Weinstein Co. banner), and many won many top awards. The charges against Weinstein reflected a long history of sexual abuse inflicted upon many female performers (A-listers and foreign film stars) and others employed (or hopefuls) by the company. After Weinstein was removed as a member of AMPAS, questions were also raised about others in the Academy with questionable status: including convicted sex offender Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

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