Saturday, March 04, 2006

Great Black & White Movies

Oh, Boy! I have strong feelings about THIS!

I have fond memories of old movies. In the lates 60s and early 70s, Channel 19 was new to Cleveland. They would regularly broadcast the movies of the 30s and 40s (known as the Golden Age of Movies). They created Friday night retrospectives, focused on the best films of a particular star. Bogart, Wayne, Cagney, Hayworth, et al. My dad used to go to bed early, right after supper, then rise again, just to have the opportunity to see films he was too poor to see the first time. Sometimes, my brother, Mike, or I would join him.

Surprisingly, although I saw many of the Bogart films, I never did manage to be home and awake when Casablanca was on. I was over thirty when I first saw it. Another film I never finished - Bridge Over the River Kwai. I tried to stay awake, but invariably fell asleep before the end.

This last year, thanks to one of the Classic movie channels (probably Turner), I finally stayed awake long enough. Well worth the wait.

Why don't you make your list of the 5 Best old movies to watch? They don't have to be film masterpieces, just those films you'd gladly stay up late to watch again and again. You can add them to the comments, or email me the list.

My Five:
  • Key Largo
  • Casablanca
  • Any Cary Grant movie - but especially Notorious and Suspicion
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Any of the Road pictures

As I said, not GREAT films, just fun to see again.

Tags = Entertainment

2 comments:

Akaky said...

Casablanca
Bullitt
Wild Strawberries
Marcellino Pan y Vino
Amarcord

Akaky said...

Sorry, it's great B&W flix, aint it? Well, let's see...

Remove Bullitt and Amarcord; replace with The Big Sleep and Dr. Strangelove