Movies mesmerized my dad, a product of the Depression and a stubborn plot of farmland that required every ounce of his family's sweat.
Perhaps a cool theater provided respite from heat. Perhaps technology's magic wand mesmerized an Okie/Texan who thought the whoosh of a windmill pretty cool. (During that era, they rarely whooshed in a productive way, you know.)
"It's pretty good," he'd say of a B flick, nodding his grizzled gray head. "Liked the scenery," he'd manage, of a one-star dud.
Dad found value in the nightly station's signoff test signal.
I determined to be different. Only FIVE STAR films would merit a second viewing, and only then as a "together" moment with soulmates. (Class assignments for my old college teaching of 101 Humanities film unit do not count!)
Here's my top eleven "must see again" American-produced films, in no particular order. Why did I choose them? They present a moral premise that has changed my life, have stood the test of time, have been recognized by at least one body of experts who judge film on merit. Speaking of merit, notable foreign, family, and edgy films merit another post!
The Sound of Music
Gone With the Wind
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
A Place in the Sun
What films have captured your heart...and a place in your DVD drawer?
Any comments on my faves?? Leave a comment...and you will enter a random drawing to win one of my FAVORITE FILMS OF YOUR CHOICE!!!!! Winner will be announced 7/22/10!
Here's looking at you, kids.
(Yeah, I can't count. What's new????)
And the winner of the RANDOM DRAWING IS::::::Louise!!! Congratulations!!!