The story is really satisfying because it comes from patterns that we are born with, that our culture is founded upon. There are structures, just as there are structures in our language that underlie, that are built into all of us. Artists don’t invent, they discover. They give you something that resonates with something that’s inside you and the closer they get to the real deal, the real stuff the gut-level stuff, the longer it’s going to last because it remains satisfying beyond fashion. Beyond period.
Jackson De Govia Production Designer from the Die Hard commentary
He goes on to say:
“Die Hard is not unique in that it doesn’t date. Fred Astaire doesn’t date. John Ford doesn’t date. In time this is going to look like a wonderful period movie. Like those films that we loved that we all grew up watching on TV. Because it’s not only of it’s time, it’s beyond it’s time. It’s in deep time. That same old story that’s going on that we all share.”