Quick Picks from CMCL

June 28, 2013

Checking In: Movies From Decades Past

Filed under: Books to Film, Checking In, Info — Tags: — Eric D @ 1:23 pm

I find myself very fortunate that I have a vast movie library at my disposal, and better yet, I don’t have to pay a monthly or per-use fee. My movie library is free, free, free! – provided I return my library materials on time. Yes, that’s correct. My movie library is also known as Cedar Mill Community Library.
Forget Redbox and Netflix, when I want to finally watch that movie everyone is, or has been, talking about I can request it like I do any book that I’ve heard so much about.  What’s been on my movie watching list lately? A trip back in time.  Here’s a quick peek at some of the movies I’ve been enjoying from decades past.

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1964 – Mary Poppins:  You will be singing about a spoon full of sugar and trying to spell supercalifragilisticexpalidocious all night. Wait, did I spell that right?

1961 – West Side Story: A great musical twist on the classic story of Romeo and Juliet.

1960 – Psycho: I love a good thriller movie and Norman Bates is my definition of a character I would not like to meet unexpectedly on a storm night. If you don’t know about the famous “shower scene” from this movie, I won’t spoil it for you.

1959 – North by Northwest: Take stars Carey Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason; mix together a case of mistaken identify, government secrets,  and enemy agents; and you’ve got a great movie for Alfred Hitchcock to direct.

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1954 – Rear Window: I don’t know what took me so long to see this one, but I loved it! If you’re a professional photographer stuck inside your apartment with a broken leg and nothing to do, of course you’re going to spy on your neighbors. Too bad for L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries, played by Jimmy Stewart, that he thinks he has witnessed his neighbor commit murder. Could his neighbor really be a murderer, or is that stuffy apartment making Jeff crazy?

1944 – Arsenic and Old Lace: Another one of my all time favorites from the past. I don’t know who I love more in this movie. First there’s Mortimer Brewster, played by Cary Grant, who is trying tell his two aunts he’s thrown his self-proclaimed lifetime bachelorhood out the window and gotten married.  On the other hand there are his two crazy, unmarried aunts that have made it their calling to kill lonely old men all in the name of mercy.  Did I mention the aunts are burying these poor souls in the basement of their house and now the police are knocking on the door for a friendly visit? Poor Mortimer.

1939 – Gone with the Wind: The novel Gone with the Wind was published in 1936, but it wasn’t until a few years later we get to see Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, navigate life and love on the big screen.  Whether you think of Scarlett O’Hara as a poor southern belle who had her heart stomped on by her childhood love or a scheming, villainous woman out for only herself, this is a great piece of cinematic history.

 1939 – The Wizard of Oz: This one doesn’t need any introduction. Join Dorothy and Toto as they venture down the yellow brick road with The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, and the Lion.

1927 – Metropolis: If you’re a fan of science fiction or futuristic dystopia movies, this movie will take you back to the beginning of full length sci-fi films. In this silent movie, you’ll meet up with Freder, the son of Metropolis’s ruler, and Maria, a young woman from the worker’s city.  As Freder ventures into the heart of Metropolis to find Maria after a brief meeting, he finds himself experiencing first-hand the differences, and horrors, between his paradise and the underground machine world.  Even if you’ve seen the film before, it would be worth your time to check out the Complete Edition, released in 2010, which features the entire cut of the movie (which was censored heavily upon release!), is much truer to Fritz Lang’s original vision, and in fact makes a whole bunch more sense than the original release!

Happy viewing!


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