Happy Sunday! Some of my favourite films are easily over thirty years old. There is something so loveable about watching a film in black and white or the classic Technicolor. As if by magic, the acting feels stronger. The music is more intense. The dances are more Broadway-esque and the fight scenes are bloodless and PG-13. I miss films like those. Over the years, I have collected a few of them on my DVD shelf which are my absolute favourites. Are you a fan of old school cinema? Maybe you've seen some of the ones I love : )
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Starring: Jane Powell and Howard KeelSeven Brides for Seven Brothers takes place in pioneer America and follows Adam Pontipee on his quest to find a wife before heading back to his farm when winter approaches. He meets Milly, a loveable and spunky, young woman who agrees to be his bride without Adam revealing one crucial detail that comes with their union. Along with sharing a farming life with Adam, Milly has to get use to Adam's seven younger brothers: Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frankincense (aka. Frank) and Gideon. All seven are rough and tough farmers not educated in the civilized manners of town life or courting. Yet, when Milly whips them into shape and the boys find women of their own, the only way they can see to making sure they can keep them for themselves is to kidnap them.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Starring: Gregory Peck
In honour of Harper Lee and her passing this past weekend, it seems only right to include To Kill a Mockingbird. This tale follows the story of Atticus Finch, a small town Alabama lawyer, as he attempts to free Tom Robinson, a black man accused of sexual assault, from the claws of the authorities. Yet, Atticus' children Jean Louise (aka. Scout) and Jem provide a riveting secondary plot line all about the trials, joys, and heartaches of growing up. Whether they are conquering childhood fears like the mysterious Boo Radley or learning valuable life lessons from their father, the Finch children discover the boundaries between the adult world and the fantasy of children, whether they seek to or not.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Starring: Paul Newman and Robert Redford
The loveable duo of Redford and Newman is too awesome to ignore. In this classic Western (I do love myself a good Western!), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid embark on a glorious life of crime across the United States and Bolivia. After an elite police force is formed to track down the two, Butch and Sundance go on the run trying to elude their captors. Eventually, backed into a corner, they flee to exotic Bolivia with Sundance's girlfriend, Etta, in an attempt to try and live normal lives. Yet, the temptation to return to a life of crime is too strong to resist and the crime sprees that Butch and Sundance use to enjoy bring danger back to their doorstep, thousands of miles from where they began.
I would highly recommend any of these films if you love old school films as much as I do. Each has its own merits, whether it be fabulous dance numbers, dramatic moral conflict, or gun slinging duels, and I'm sure you'll enjoy them.