Friday, November 12, 2010

Loving Someone who is not a Classic Movie Fan

John Garfied and Lana Turner

I think Hollywood in the 1930's-1960's was so much more interesting and fascinating than it is today. People like Kate Hepburn, Bette Davis, Cary Grant...they were actors. The studios controlled their images. The studios even added moral clauses to their contracts. 
Marilyn gets her hair done by Kenneth

You have to read between the lines and really listen to the words when you watch a classic film.  I like classic films because of the clothing,hair,makeup,dancing and dialog. And those publicity photos that the stars sent out to fans are absolutely gorgeous. For you parents out there, classic films are kid friendly. Classic Films are a time capsule of the history of entertainment. They reflect what was going on in society at that time. Before DANCING WITH THE STARS there was Fred and Ginger. Now, it's all about getting skinnier all the time and doing nude scenes in every film.

Fred and Ginger Glide across the dance floor

Earlier this week, I was trying to explain this to my boyfriend. When he thinks about Classic Films, he automatically thinks they will be boring. We were childhood friends and have alot in common but we are butting heads on this issue. In today's fast paced world,getting people to sit back and relax for a few hours is hard. I have started a must see film list for novice classic film fans. Suggestions are welcome! They are in no particular order.   I have included a few from the 70's and 80's because they are some of the greatest ever filmed. I am also trying to take baby steps backward toward's the 1930's.

    • A sexy film noir classic with John Garfield and Lana Turner. Greed,Lust,Adultry and Murder take place when a drifter stops in at a Roadside Cafe. This movie is white hot.
    • "HEY STELLA!" Directed by Elia Kazan. With Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.
  • CLEOPATRA (1963)
    • See Burton and Taylor in their first film together.
  • DR. NO (1962) AND GOLDFINGER (1963)
    • Early Sean Connery at his best. Need I say more??????????????????????? 
  • PSYCHO (1963)
    • Alfred Hitchcock at his best. Stay out of the shower!
    • Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty never looked better. Great Car Chases with Blood and Guts
  • EASY RIDER (1969)
    • Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. Stars Jack Nicholson,Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda directs.
  • THE GODFATHER I (1972)
    • About a fictional Italian afia family named Corleone. Stars Marlon Brando,Al Pachino,Robert Duvall, James Caan and Diane Keaton star in this mafia saga about the Corleone Family
    • Sequel to THE GODFATHER I  
  • RAGING BULL (1980)
    • Bio of boxer Jake LaMotta. Stars Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci. Filmed in Black and White. Great direction by Martin Scorsee. Great Classical and Big Band music score


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