Monday, August 20, 2012

What's Your Favorite Movie?

As an adult, I don't have a lot of favorites. My kids were always trying to pin me down to my favorite color, my favorite food, my favorite child.
But I do have two favorite movies. One of them is recent and the other has been my favorite since grad school.
We've rented Midnight in Paris several times. When the Redbox dvd froze the other night, Earl pointed out that we simply should have bought the movie. I love all the scenes of Paris. We play the "I've been there" game with Grace along, and I got to play it with my friend Ruth the other night too. She hadn't seen the movie. Doesn't like Woody Allen. Doesn't like Owen Wilson.
"Yeah, but that doesn't matter. You'll like this movie," I told her and I was right.
I also love figuring out who all the historical characters are. Of course, I recognized the Fitzgeralds and Hemingway and Gertrude Stein right away. Man Ray? Luis Bunuel? I didn't know about those surrealists or American writer Djuna Barnes.
I see something different every time I watch it.
And, of course, Wilson's fiance in the movie is so dismissive of his love for Paris and urge to finish his novel. I spend the movie trying to convince the screen that he should dump the fiance.
My long-term favorite movie is Room With a View. I find myself quoting this movie or thinking of scenes in this movie all the time. Just this morning I said, "I can't go running at you now, can I?" quoting the Helena Bonham Carter character as she encourages her fiance, Daniel Day Lewis to give her a first passionate kiss.  I think of our French friend Maguerite as the proper maiden aunt Charlotte Bartlett and wrote in my memoir how the family dreaded her visit at the vacation house in Corsica, just as they dreaded having "Poor Charlotte." The movie is so witty and clever, plus it has the first full-frontal male nudity I ever saw in a movie when the men are skinny-dipping in a pool and Helena Bonham Carter, her mother and fiance are walking past. Another hilarious scene. And I frequently find myself wanting to call out "Truth, Beauty..." the motto of the young George Sands character, who yells this from a tree, before the branch breaks and he takes a tumble to the Tuscan countryside. Tourists are mocked. Romances are mocked. The idea of raising children in the countryside to maintain their innocence before sending them on a world tour to finish them, seems like what we might have done with Grace. See how I've embraced this movie.
How about you? Do you have a favorite movie? Why is it your favorite?

5 comments:

Lucia said...

my favourite movies are UNDER A TUSCAN SUN and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY...Love stories that's what I love...oh and Sweet Home Alabama, The Holiday...wow can't pin one down really. Although I always cry like a baby when they get to the part on Bridges where Francesca is gripping the truck handle of her husband's truck deciding whether or not to jump out of the truck to go to Robert Kincaid's. sigh

judi said...

My 2 favorite movies are "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Birdcage." Why? Because one is amazingly wonderful & touching (with Gregory Peck) and the other is amazingly funny (with Nathan Lane).

p.s. I agree with Ruth: I don't like recent Woody Allen movies or Owen Wilson. (and I didn't like "Midnight in Paris." Shall I give it another chance?)

Linda said...

I liked Midnight in Paris but it still sort of irritated me as did Woody's latest set in Rome. I don't know if i have a favorite movie. For years it was The Sound of Music, then When Harry Met Sally. Mostly I like movies that are happy and that I don't leave the theater feeling depressed after seeing them.

Paulita said...

Lucia, I liked Under A Tuscan Sun too. It's on here every weekend now if I ever want to watch it again.
Judi, Of course you should watch Midnight in Paris again because you just came back from France. It will hold new meaning. Love To Kill a Mockingbird, haven't watched all of Birdcage, shameful I know.
Linda, I agree about movies that are happy.

Sylvie Boulanger said...

My favourite movie is "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulin" is the story of a woman who decide to change the life of people in a good way, by giving a little sunshine in the life of people who need it. It's my confort movie.

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