Returning to the more traditional concept of classic movies, I am realising more and more how many I have never seen. The main reason for that is because I am not a great fan of classics. I (almost) always want to see only the latest cutting edge things on the screen. I don't live in the past. Nevertheless, I know that I am wrong, because a lot of old movies fashioned the world into what it is now -- morals, the concept of right and wrong, gender roles, religious influence, family values, etc. It is important to know from where a lot of these ideas came to us, even the ones that are wrong.
Anyway, in spite of the changing world, Sunday is still a pretty boring day in a lot of the world, and it has become a day when my channel surfing often stops on the Paramount Channel. Today it stopped on "Le Train Sifflera Trois Fois." (The train will whistle three times.) I know that this is one of the top Western classics ever, but I have lived in France so long now that when the title is totally different from the original title, I am mystified as to the original title without looking it up. Today, though, it just took a few minutes for me to remember the "real" title when one character told another "I certainly would not take the train today at noon." Aha! High Noon.
The acting is so old fashioned, but the story remains gripping. Of course in old Hollywood movies, you know that good will always triumph over evil, so there's not really a huge amount of suspense, but I still instantly understood why it is a classic.
Have any of the rest of you discovered old classics decades later?
I'm having a giggle here about the term "classic movies" being those of the late 40s early 50s when my age of "classic movies" is a good 20 years earlier. For the era K2 is talking about, two I regularly rewatch are Sunset Boulevard and The Third Man. For me, there's just something more intense about black and white and the German or German film influenced directors (think German Expressionism) The works of Elia Kazan before he went much into color, On the Waterfront, Streetcar Named Desire, Viva Zapata among many others of his are also an important part of my film library.
I'd enjoy hearing the thoughts of others who are watching films of this era.