Live Face-Off Poll: Millenials vs. Generation X vs. Baby Boomers vs. The Silent Generation

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Demographers have identified four generations to which westernized adults of the world belong: based on birth rates and common characteristics, the parameters are not rigid and allow for various definitions. Which generation, as defined below, do you think is currently (approximately 2010-2017) making the most important films?

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020155230/?publish=save

http://www.imdb.com/poll/99UbvDAgDzQ/

(Please feel free to make suggestions; I'm going to revise the text next to the entries so that it's more evenly distributed.)
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hello my dear fruit...

i would say, without a doubt, it would be the baby boomers...

your use of the term 'important films' is important to this answer, because boomers still grew up with important movies that featured dialogue and strong storytelling...as hard as it is for some to believe, we grew up with no computers, no cell phones, no laptops, dvd's or cable tv...3 channels and the local movie theatre that played one movie for months at a time sometimes...that was it...

but take a movie like '12 angry men'...dialogue thru and thru...one setting...12 great actors...

great movies like that today can only be found in the local art houses where other baby boomers sit and soak in films that don't rely on special efx and cgi to get thru a storyline that uses its brain so that others may as well...

so...one for the boomers...peace... 
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i agree fruit...obviously '12 angry men' wasn't made by boomers, but the point i was making was that we were weened on great movies like that, so those boomers currently making movies today have that great history of what good film making is ingrained in them...
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ElMo,exactly: Lumet was in that generation, alternately called Greatest/ Silent/ Traditionalists.

As far as including directors or actors, etc, born before that, I don't believe that any are still working, and my question is who is making the most important films currently: not ever, of all time, or anything like that - just currently.
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Ah okay, I didn't notice the currently, fair enough.

But to answer your point, I don't think the Silent and Greatest Generation were the same at all, there has always been this World War II shift, and the GG included those who endured the Great Depression and were young adults during WWII (old enough to fight or to participate to the effort) hence the 'greatest'.

So one couldn't technically be from the Greatest and the Silent generation, of course there are some people who were born in the cusp years between these generations (23-28) and Lumet or Altman can belong to both of them.

But I'm pretty sure the term "Silent" was used for those who came to age after the War, which doesn't alter the original idea of your poll, since there aren't many directors from the GG who're still working today.
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I agree, ElMo: To me, logic suggests that the "Greatest Generation' would have to be old enough to have fought in WWII, and although certainly those born in the mid-1920's would have been old enough, the rest of that 1924-1945 cohort would not have been. For some reason, however, demographers seem to usually refer to that age group as the Greatest Generation, which I don't get because Tom Brokaw, who coined the term, mainly meant those who participated in WWII. But I thought I've got to go with what demographers define and not substitute my interpretation for theirs.
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The term Silent Generation was coined by Time magazine in 1951, to refer  to youths born from the 1920s to the mid-1940s. Pew Research Center retroactively uses the term for anyone born between 1928 and 1945.

The term "Silent" has been criticized as inaccurate, because some members of this generation turned out to be influential politicians, filmmakers, musicians, and authors. They simply were not of age yet when the term was coined.
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Your link doesn't work :(
It reminds me of this poll I made, and 3 years ago, we used to say "Generation Y", I hate how now, you're either a Generation X or a millennial, I can't relate to any or to both, so where has the Gen Y gone?

By the way, I would say that the baby boomers got the most important movies, but they were made mostly by directors from the Silent Generation: Roman Polanski, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas were all born between 1927 and 1946.
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Oops, I left the setting on private. Thanks, ElMo. 
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My vote - Generation X.
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Let me start by I'm sorry if I seam belligerent but I cringe every time someone says "Important" and "film" in the same sentence with out defining HOW they are important or WHAT made them important. Understand, I'm not trying to offend anyone here. But the word "Important" is fairly subjective here. I personally would usually used it to mean advancement in the mechanics or techniques of film making or story telling (and would use some social issues like "the first woman to save the male hero" or "African American to receive an Oscar" as a part of this). One of the Warner Brothers defined important films along artistic, social and political films while another defined it as I did, advancement in the technical and structural side of how the film was made. So define "IMPORTANT".

2, Generations are defined by dates, wars and rise and fall of births of babies. The Baby Boomer generation is called it because of the rise in births after WW2 with the soldier return home after the war 1946 until when soldiers started to heavily go to Vietnam (1964). But officially the baby boomer years are 1946 to 1957 or 1964. Generation X is 1961 to 1981. To make this simplerthis reference and a reference to the correct name of the generation to which this source ignored "The Lost Generation".)
http://genhq.com/faq-info-about-gener...
Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 and later
Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995
Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before

And now for "The Lost Generation"
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_...
The Lost Generation was the generation that came of age during World War I. Demographers William Strauss and Neil Howe outlined their Strauss–Howe generational theory using 1883–1900 as birth years for this generation.
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This generation included artists and writers who came of age during the war such as; F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Olaf Stapledon, Dorothy Parker, Dorothea Mackellar, John Dos Passos, Margaret Mitchell, William Faulkner, E. E. Cummings, Hart Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Djuna Barnes, Waldo Peirce, William Dobell, Ezra Pound, Alan Seeger, Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley, Malcolm Cowley, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Erich Maria Remarque, J. R. R Tolkien, C. S Lewis, actors and entertainers; Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, George Burns, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Spencer Tracy, the composers; Sergei Prokofiev, Paul Hindemith, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and politicians such as; Clement Attlee, Stanley Bruce, Benito Mussolini, Harry Truman, Vincent Auriol, Peter Fraser, John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Heinrich Bruning, Adolf Hitler, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Forde, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles de Gaulle, Sidney Holland, Harold Macmillan, Arthur Fadden, Nikita Khrushchev, Robert Menzies, Morarji Desai, John Diefenbaker, Ludwig Erhard, Lester B. Pearson, Anthony Eden, Golda Meir, and John McEwen.[15]
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Ooops, I forgot to mention the little point that some are missing when talking about "12 Angry Men". It belongs to select group television PLAYS* that were later turned in to movies. Other members of this group are: "Marty", "The Days Of Wine And Roses", "Requiem For A Heavyweight ", "Judgment at Nuremberg", and "Visit To A Small Planet". It would be great that you guys recognize that small point.

* As in not a part of a series and to be aired only once. (LOL on the only once aired bit.)
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I believe we are in a transition between Baby Boomers and Generation X.
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Generation X I think 30-50 year olds as group produce the best work, It is the most productive period, due the optimal mix of talent, creativity, out of the box thinking, skills and experience. Of course, there are outliers, but I think an analysis will bear this out in the film industry and elsewhere. Although, I think though the "sweet spot" for truly revolutionary and ground-breaking work might skew a bit younger in the 25-45 year range.
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Generation X 
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