So, a new friend asked me to compile a few of my fave old movies. But immediately she asked, they all flew out my head and it was then I realized I hadn’t seen as many movies/classics as I’d thought. What I’m trying to say is that this may not be an accurate list, I’ve forgotten most.
Another thing is, what’s really old? Black and white? Anything before 1960, 2000? My own definition for ‘old’ is going to be very lenient, as you’ll see (well, I’m a young lassie after all.)
1. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
I watched this one only recently and I found it really fascinating! I thought it was genius that the director chose two different women to portray different sides to the same character – even though they look nothing alike. It’s a movie about obsession and ‘sexual politics’.
2. Summertime (1955)
(That clip is hilarious, see the way he stares at her ankle with such lust?) Katherine Hephburn is in this one. She plays a teacher who has never found love. She uses up her savings to travel to Venice and things, um, happen. I loved this film so so much. It’s enchanting and whimsical and slightly sad.
3. Frankie and Johnny (1991 – no not the 1966 musical)
I don’t care that ’91 doesn’t classify as old; we’re being lenient, right? Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino, enough said? This is a quirky and *real love story and it’s a beautiful, beautiful one.
Frankie: You don’t just decide to go falling in love with people!
Johnny: Why not?
Frankie: They don’t like it!
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
4. Saworoide (1999)
Look, in Nigerian terms, this is OLD. So whatever, okay? I love Saworoide! Even if you aren’t Yoruba, you can insert the subtitles. The acting was wonderful (watch out for the young Kunle Afolayan) and the costume and the folk songs and the politics and everything! I watched this over and over as a child, so it holds a special place in my heart and this list.
5. My Fair Lady (1964) and Annie Hall (1977)
(I couldn’t choose. Audrey had to go on the list, and so did Woody Allen. Shrug. Annie Hall for the splendid conversation and My Fair Lady for the lovely Eliza Doolittle who gives a hilarious transformation.)
There you go! Your weekly dose of grainy delightful movies. Also, I’m on the hunt for new old films to watch, please share your faves with me.
Here’s a quote from Annie Hall as I sign out:
Love is too weak a word for what I feel – I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes.