October 5, 2016

In a world that is constantly trying to outdo the inventions of today in order to create the new-and-improved future of tomorrow, it's very easy to forget about the past.  I appreciate modern inventions and culture as much as anyone, but I also feel that our society has really missed out on the beauty of old, vintage-era things, especially old movies.

There's something about a black and white (or a saturated Technicolor) screen and a glamorous tale combination that just can't be outdone.  If you haven't ever experienced the magic of watching a classic, fifties-esque film, you're missing out on part of a completely unique, unreal reality.  However, if you have indeed missed out on the old film craze, you're certainly in the right place to jump on the bandwagon.

Prep For A Day

Breakfast at Tiffany's:  This movie is a given;  it practically started its own cult after its release.  Audrey Hepburn stars as the glamorous, charming Holly Golightly in a lighthearted romance you won't soon forget.

An Affair to Remember:  Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant have amazing chemistry in this film, and the overall plot is much sweeter than the title might suggest.  The last phrases of dialogue in the movie are enough to put a smile on anyone's face.

Desk Set:  This movie is your chance to experience the wondrous screen personality that is Katharine Hepburn.  The quick wit and dry humor of her character won't disappoint!

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing:  Speaking from personal experience, this film's story gradually grows upon you as the minutes roll by, and when you've finally fallen in love with the romance and intrigue, it's all replaced by tragic musical undertones and images of unopened letters.  It's one to watch if you're feeling in a particularly whimsical and nostalgic mood.

Do Not Disturb:  You've met both Hepburns, but you haven't seen anything until you've met Doris Day. This film is a delightful comedy that's typical of the fifties era, combining romance, plotting females, and gorgeous outfits.

Three Coins in the Fountain:  If one romance per film just isn't sufficient for your tastes, I've found the perfect picture for you:  this one has three romances that all twine together, and each is as complex (and frustrating) as the last.  Also, if you're a fan of Roman Holiday and/or Italian scenery, you'll enjoy this film.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison:  Deborah Kerr is virtually unrecognizable in her role as a nun in this film;  it isn't as well-known as some of the others on this list, but its examination of human relationships during hard times (World War II, to be exact) makes it a worthwhile watch.

The Seven Year Itch:  The quintessential image of Marilyn Monroe, white, v-neck dress billowing around her legs, comes directly from this movie.  Likewise, if you want to watch a quintessential Marilyn Monroe feature, this is the film for you.

Cleopatra:  This movie has often been referred to as one of Hollywood's biggest flops; however, don't allow that to keep you from watching the film.  The plot itself is a historical one, as old as time itself, and the cast--well, the cast is out of this world.

To Kill a Mockingbird:  As if the world needed another reason to fall in love with Gregory Peck, here's a film that encompasses one of his most brilliant roles.  His portrayal of Atticus Finch is both heartwarming and unforgettable, as is the rest of the film.

Feeling the urge to jump on the oldies bandwagon yet?  Jokes aside, old movies are some of the best remnants we have of the past:  the true, personable past that is so different from the past we glimpse in the pages of a textbook.  Now all that's left for you to do is sit back, relax, and let the films unfold.

What are some of your favorite old movies?


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