Why do I love Movies:
I think that everyone can remember a movie that had a great impact on them as a young person. it might have been a Disney film, in fact it probably was a Disney film given my age. I still remember “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and the very creepy and memorable Queen. Or the crush I had on Hayley Mills in countless Disney movies.
But the one I still recall so very strongly is “2001 Space Odyssey”. It was released in 1968 when I was 13 and I find it hard to imagine that I saw it then. Why would a 13 year old go to see such a movie? So i imagine that I was a bit older, but maybe not. Anyway, the images are burned into my consciousness. The very start of the movie with Thus Spoke Zarathustra Here’s the clip
or the docking of the shuttle to the Blue Danube
These are things that I can’t really forget. And this is what movies can do to us.
And the amazing thing, is that we all have different memories.
Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain
The opening of Citizen Kane
Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca saying “play it Sam”
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall” struggling with live lobsters!
Julie Andrews spinning round at the top of a mountain in “The Sound of Music”
The opening credits of “Star Wars”
Marlon Brando in “The Godfather”
I could make a huge list of things that have stuck with me. And it is really only movies that have this effect on us.
I think it must be to do with the melding of fantasy and reality.
I can’t imagine any of us watching a movie and thinking “That is so like my life”
We watch “Star Wars” which takes place in a galaxy far far away yet somehow identify with Luke Skywalker.
Or we watch “The Godfather” and quite can’t believe that people live like this. But it will have been someone else’s reality.
This is why movies have such a profound effect on people.
However, things have changed over the last 10-15 years.
Much as I love the Avenger Movies or Galaxy Quest I can’t imagine that they have the same long lasting effect as the movies of my teenage years.
All the Presidents Men
Don’t Look Now
Maybe I’m turning into an old man, looking back and thinking it was so better then.
Part of me knows that there are great movies being made now but because I’m old they don’t have the same effect on me as when I was 15.
They don’t stick in my mind in the same way as they did way back then.
What will be a memorable movie for someone who is 15 now?
I don’t have the answer for that but I am very, very grateful that I grew up with some truly amazing movies.