Classics Make A Comeback

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Bailey Cross writes, If you’ve never seen a classic movie before, right now is the time to start.

If you’ve never seen a classic movie before, right now is the time to start. From a time when most films were still black and white, movies were not rated because cussing, nudity and violence were considered taboo, and story lines focused on the actual acting, not the cool effects computers could create, these films have forever set the bar in the movie industry. Take, for example, one of my favorites. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” nominee and winner of numerous Oscars and Golden Globes, among others in 1962, is a classic tale of a naive girl in the big city. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) owns a sparsely furnished Manhattan apartment (accompanied by the habit of always forgetting the key,) a cat with no name, and a belief that the best way to get rid of the “mean reds” is to go to Tiffany’s jewelry store. In public, she’s a sophisticated, confident party girl, but in private, as her new neighbor, Paul ‘Fred’ Varjak (George Peppard), quickly discovers, a sweet, childlike bundle of nerves. When Holly is implicated in a narcotics ring bust for unknowingly carrying messages back and forth to mobster Sally Tomato and his associates, Holly finds out exactly what she’s made of. Another classic and winner of 5 Oscars in 1935, including ‘Best Picture,’ “It Happened One Night,” is the story of a runaway blue blood determined to get to New York to reunite with the man she married spur of the moment against her father’s wishes. After jumping off her father’s ship and pawning her watch for a bus ticket to New York, Ellen Andrews (Claudette Colbert) finds herself sitting next to Peter Warne (Clark Gable), an out of work reporter looking for a story. When Peter recognizes Ellen to be the girl in the newspaper that everyone is looking for, he tells her that he’ll help her get to New York if she’ll let him have the exclusive rights to her story. If he refuses his offer, he says to her, he’ll blow the whistle and return her to her father. What follows is a wild journey across America with two loveable (and not so lovable) characters butting heads and falling in love.