London, Feb 5 : George Clooney has ridiculed the present generation of Hollywood, insisting that the golden age of cinema is dead.
The Oscar-winning actor said that in the 1960s and 1970s, film studios were producing cinema "masterpieces" at the rate of ten a year, but added that today's movies lacked ground-breaking drive.
In an indirect attack on the modern-day values of Hollywood, Clooney said that the era of 1960s and 1970s saw 'a masterpiece a month.'
The 46-year-old made it clear that computer-generated imagery and visual pyrotechnics are no stand-ins for a good story.
According to the actor, the glory years of cinema firmly lay between 1964 and 1976, when directors like Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Alan J. Pakula and Sidney Lumet experimented towards new boundaries.
"It's 12 years and you could find ten films a year that are masterpieces. They don't make those films anymore. You couldn't come near making those films," the Telegraph quoted him, as telling the Radio Times.
The actor said that there's little new on the big screen and even his own latest conquest owes much to the films of the 1970s, particularly Pakula's The Parallax View which starred Warren Beatty as a reporter investigating a shadowy, murderous organisation.
"If you watch The Parallax View and things like that we're not reinventing the wheel. But it is always an interesting thing to talk about," he said.
He said that it had now been left to television studios to produce pioneering drama.
"There was a period in the 1960s and 1970s when actors were leading the charge in the civil rights movement and the women's rights movement and the Vietnam War movement - and then it got to this place where it probably wasn't a good idea," he said.