Thanks to the Film Professor, I am a real lover of “old” films, and by old I do not mean films from the 1980’s (although there were some great ones).  In this section, I will do my best to take readers to true film classics, such as Twelve Angry Men (MGM, 1957, starring Henry Fonda), which, for me, have not only withstood the test of time, but also deliver a unique and important film experience.  Indeed, my reference to Twelve Angry Men is purposeful; I have a close friend who, to this day, uses that film to teach his students at Harvard Business School.  I am telling you folks, open up your minds to new (and old) things!

The Red Shoes

Little inside family story here.  The daughter of one of our closest friends, whom we have known almost her entire life, is an outstanding dancer. 

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3 Godfathers

I have a confession to make: my political leanings notwithstanding, I am a huge John Wayne/John Ford fan. Westerns made by that remarkable duo had a major impact on my views of right and wrong and bravery and honor…and then I got old enough to, for lack of a better word, appreciate The Duke’s politics. Ah well…

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Yes, the story has been done many, many times in many, many (slightly nuanced) ways, but this 1938 version, with Errol Flynn, remains my favorite.  Let me put it this way:  this movie was one of the films that made believe people could be, at once, daring and dashing and funny and sarcastic and brave and good. 

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In The Heat of the Night

Arguably, this movie, in terms of when it was made (1967), falls on the cusp of what one might consider to be a “nostalgic” movie; however, it was not only a life altering film for me, it presents, today, a still important and still relevant message.

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Brief Encounter

This recommendation comes straight from The Film Professor, who remarked, after watching it again, that it is “perfection, and one of my all-time favorite films.”  For those of you who do not know,

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It Happened One Night

I was inspired to choose this film this week because at this moment the number 1 film in America shares the opening title (get it? “It.”)  It (sorry) just so happens to be the complete opposite of the current, scary, blockbuster.  Produced in 1934, It Happened One Night is amongst the first…

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Good Morning

Another recommendation from my friend Ralph (that I too need to watch): Good Morning. According to my sharp-eyed and quite knowledgeable friend, Good Morning is a Japanese film made in 1959 that centers around Japanese life after fourteen years of American occupation, and the influences that went along with occupation….

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Yes, there is a theme this week. Same topic, racism, but through a very different, if you will, lens. This 1968 film was highly controversial for many reasons, ranging from the question of interracial marriage, to “concerns” if you will that Sidney Poitier was “too white” to play the role….

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