My husband and I have taken to watching old movies. Here is what we have watched so far.
It Happened One Night (1934)
North by Northwest (1959)
Paper Moon (1973)
Rear Window (1954)
I enjoyed all of them. I absolutely loved Paper Moon, and Rear Window has long been a favorite of mine. I want to see more Alfred Hitchcock, and North by Northwest did not disappoint. People keep telling me I need to see Psycho now. Should I? I just might on my birthday next year. I tend to watch scary movies on my birthday.
On my twenty-third birthday, my husband and I watched What Lies Beneath. Daylight streamed through the windows that evening, but we were clinging together on the couch in suspense. I think my husband even screamed a little at one point. He’ll deny that.
It Happened One Night was also a repeat for me, but it was fun to experience watching it with my husband. And Clark Gable is so handsome. So so handsome.
Neither one of us had ever seen Casablanca before. It is one of those movies you always hear about and we supposed we ought to become “cultured” by watching it. I really liked it, and I finally realized why that song “As Time Goes By” has always been so popular and meaningful.
I think what I like about watching these movies is the reference and context they give me. I gain new understanding of old knowledge and new ways of relating to contemporary movies or stars that refer to them.
I can’t wait to watch more. On tap are All About Eve, His Girl Friday, and From Here to Eternity. I’ve already seen Citizen Kane, but my husband wants to experience it. I think he should also see Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times as well. We might also revisit Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Twelve Angry Men.
Any others we should see?