I've been a bit out of sorts lately. I came down with the flu on Sunday and spend Monday and Tuesday lounging around in my pajamas. Aside from the whole being sick thing, they were the most wonderful days I have had in a long time.
My favorite thing to do when I am home sick is to watch old movies all day. We have this wonderful tv channel called Turner Classic Movies that plays all sorts of old movies from the 1920s all the way to the 1960s. Yesterday was a whole day of Mario Lanza films. I had never heard of him before, but he was apparently a very popular opera singer in the 1940s and 50s. I may be one of the only people under the age of 55 that actually enjoys opera, so I managed to watch 3 of the movies that were on. The story lines were cheesy, of course, but I think that is the best part about old movies. I love the idea of the dapper, dashing guy wooing the beautiful girl by singing to her. It's just so...classic.
I started thinking about my favorite movies and realized that most of them came from the 50s and 60s. I know a lot of younger people aren't really interested in older movies, but the more I watch classic movies, the more I realize that the story lines are the exact same, just the setting has changed. For example, did you know that the Adam Sandler movie Mr. Deeds is a remake of the 1936 movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town? Or that the original Mummy movie came out in 1932 with Boris Karloff playing Imhotep? The original Mummy movie is a Halloween staple of mine. Although it's not nearly as exciting as the Brenden Frasier version, I still enjoy watching it with my little brother :)
Here are a couple of my favorite classic movies that I think everyone should watch:
- Singin' in the Rain - I love Gene Kelly :)
- An American in Paris - Another Gene Kelly classic. The colors and clothes in this movie are amazing! Leslie Caron, the female lead, was actually a prima ballerina before she starred in this movie and in Gigi.
- Gigi - Leslie Caron is in this one. It's one of my favorites mainly because I find Louis Jourdan to be extremely handsome ;)
- Some Like it Hot - Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis... need I say more
- Sabrina - My all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movie
- Roman Holiday - Another Audrey movie about a princess who runs away from her handlers and wanders around Rome with a journalist. It's pretty cute :)
- Breakfast at Tiffany's - Obviously... one of the greats
- Beach Blanket Bingo - One of the cheesiest, corniest movies I've ever seen, but it's actually really funny. My mom loves this one too!
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - If anyone has ever seen the movie Rat Race, this is the original. They have to scour the globe to find the treasure hidden underneath the giant W.
- The Great Race - This one also has Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in it too, racing each other across three continents by car. It also stars the beautiful Natalie Wood
Hopefully someone will take a chance on one of these!