Friday Night Movie – Classic films that you ought to see

I’m on a movie kick, which is strange since I don’t have time for movies right now.  I’m spending most of my time working, doing class prep, and editing/writing.  However, I’ve been thinking about some of my favorite movies and some movies that are just so beautiful it hurts, like The Tales of Hoffman oBlack Narcissus or The Quiet Man.

Last year I sat in on a film as literature course.  It was amazing.  I watched a lot of movies I wouldn’t normally watch and found some new favorites.  So for future Friday Night Movies here is a list of must sees!

1. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

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This is a fantastic film by Powell and Pressburger starring Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr & Anton Walbrook.  It follows the remarkable life of a British officer, his exploits, loves, and dedication to king and country through the Boer Wars in Africa, World War I and World War II.  Interesting fact, Churchill band the showing of this film because he did not like the idea that one of the protagonist’s friends was a German officer.

2.The Third Man (1949)

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Post World War II Vienna, finds a young broke aspiring american writer, Holly Martin, in search of a long lost friend, who has promised him work.  Only Martin’s friend is suspiciously killed the day he arrives, throwing Martin into the mysterious world of shadows, black-market schemes, and love. This Carol Reed film stars Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, and Alida Valli.

3. The Red Shoes (1948)

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Another brilliant film by Powell and Pressburger, The Red Shoes tells the story of art, obsession and love of a young ballet dancer.  This is a stunning film that stretches the imagination and ingenuity of Technicolor, bringing to life the ballet and theater.  The Red Shoes stars Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, who was a famous ballet dancer in her time.

4. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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Delightfully funny and clever, To Be or Not to Be adds humor to the darkness of occupied Poland, as an acting troupe becomes entangled in a plot to track down a German spy. It was marvelous to watch, realizing that many of the lines and characterizations in this movie had been immortalized by Bugs Bunny and in other films like The Producers (You’ll have to watch the movie to see for  yourself). This is the last film that Carole Lombard starred in since she died in a  plane crash in 1942. Also staring in this film, Jack Benny and Robert Stack.

5. Modern Times (1936)

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The lovable tramp Charles Chaplin not only starred in this film but he wrote and directed it.  This (mostly) silent film also features the talent of Paulette Goddard and Henry Bergman.  Once again the Tramp tries in his own way to cope with the demands of the modern industrial society.  He is helped or hindered at times by a sweet homeless young woman.  As only the charm of Charlie Chaplin can deliver, I laughed and cried and laughed some more at this delightful film.

Happy Friday Night Movies!

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About LizzyBeth

There is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.

Posted on September 13, 2013, in Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Movie Reviews, Rachel Burkholder and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Excellent post, Rachel! These wonderful films are a treasure for any collection and good choices for any family or friend movie night!

    • Thanks…I’m truly missing our movie nights for Dr. Curtis’s film class. He showed To Be or Not to Be the other week and it was fantastic! I haven’t laughed so hard over a movie in a long time. It was amazing and had to share!

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