Why I Like to Watch Old Movies

My mother raised me right.  Ever since I can remember, she has been introducing me to classic cinema.  Amazing stars like Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Sandra Dee accompanied me throughout my childhood and adolescence.

Recently, I’ve been reading Julie Andrew’s memoir, Home; and even though it’s about her life before she was in films, it’s got me thinking about why I prefer old movies to modern ones.  It’s a fact that has been true for as long as I can remember.  If you were to browse through my Netflix queue, you’d find that it’s inundated with movies from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s but that anything that’s  been made post 1990 is actually a pretty rare find.

I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I think the reason I like older movies so much is because they’re just so likable and easy to fall in love with.  Straight forward story lines; glamourous stars, costumes and sets; amazing music.  Oh, and the production values!  I recently watched Gone With the Wind for the first time (I know, slacking for an old film buff like me…but I never had enough time to sit through the whole thing) and was simply blown away by the whole thing.  It was flawless!  Some of the cinematic techniques in GWtW are still used as examples in my film classes today!

I have three favorite films–Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn (my IDOL! There are pictures of her all over my dorm room, and I have a little “Audrey library” of 7 or 8 books about her life) and George Pepard, The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and–perhaps a bit hokier than the others–Gidget starring Sandra Dee (yes, she’s a real person not just a song in Grease!) and James Darren.  I’ve seen each one ~20 times, and I’m pretty sure I know all the words to all of them.

Perhaps, however, the biggest testament to my love of classic films is the fact that I chose a dress from Hitchcock’s Rear Window to be my dress for my senior prom.  The film stars Jimmy Stewart and the beyond beautiful Grace Kelly.  In Grace’s first scene in the film, she floats (yes, floats…walking is too plain a way of describing it) onto the screen.  She wears a black and white tea-length ball gown designed by MGM great Edith Head.  I was only 11 or 12 when I first saw the film, but I knew that that had to be my dress when I was older.  A few years ago, when it came time for me to actually go to prom, my next door neighbor recreated the dress for me.  It was amazing.

Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont

me at prom a few years ago

I think my obsession with old movies is going to last a lifetime, and hopefully it’s something I’ll be able to pass on to my own kids someday like my mother has done for me!

Do you have a preference for certain kinds of movies? Are you a fan of the classics like I am?  Sound off in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

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  1. I love the fact that you love old movies…I’m passionate about them too!! In fact, Rear Window is my favorite old movie and Grace Kelly is my favorite actress :)))


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