A few years back, I set myself a task of watching a long list of movies, some of which I wanted to watch but hadn't had the time to see, and some of which I felt I SHOULD watch, even though they weren't my cup of tea--westerns, war films, etc. I spent at least a year working on this task--not every night, because sometimes I just wanted to rewatch an old favorite and take a break from my dutiful viewing of unseen classics, but I kept at it steadily. I covered movies and genres I would normally never see, because I wanted my knowledge of classic films to be better rounded.
After several major life changes and years of being so busy with other parts of my life that I've hardly had time to watch any movies at all, the time has come to reacquaint myself with one of my loves, classic film. And once again, I have a long list of movies that I need to watch.
Some of the movies on my list are "must-sees" that have been sitting on my DVR for months if not years. Others are gifts of DVDs, still wrapped in plastic. It's a diverse assortment. Now begins the delightful task of working my way through this bounty one movie at a time. I expect this project to take several months at least.
To start off, I have made a list of some of the movies I have but have never watched. I intend to make a regular habit of picking a movie off this list, watching it, and then (I love this part) ticking it off. I also intend to write little reviews of each film so that I can remember later what my impression of it was, but like so many of my good intentions, this may never come to pass.
My list so far (to be added to over time):
Penguin Pool Murder (promises to be a fun little detective film with some humor; stars Edna May Oliver and James Gleason)
*Detour (well-reviewed film noir from Edgar Ulmer)
The Black Pirate (silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks)
City Limits (no idea what this is)
Party Girl (pre-Code)
Under 18 (pre-Code)
The Garden of Eden (pre-Code I've heard is good)
Fancy Pants (promises to be silly but fun; Lucille Ball and Bob Hope--can you wrap your mind around that?)
*The Keys of the Kingdom (Gregory Peck's first Oscar-nominated role, as a priest)
Eyes in the Night (have heard this is a good B thriller; the detective, played by great character actor Edward Arnold, is blind)
*Ministry of Fear (have heard this is quite a good little thriller, starring Ray Milland)
Algiers (Hedy Lamarr and Charles Boyer - how bad can it be? Besides, it was cheap.)
Number 17 (early Hitchcock talkie)
*Young and Innocent (early Hitchcock talkie I've heard is good)
*The Manchurian Candidate (essential viewing according to all)
*Elmer Gantry (serious drama of which I've heard only good things)
Female (Ruth Chatterton pre-Code)
Roxie Hart (Ginger Rogers black comedy)
The Front (film about the McCarthy era)
Sherlock, Jr. (essential viewing, Buster Keaton)
A Woman’s Face (Joan Crawford; have always been curious about this film)
The Big Parade (silent film about WWI)
The Fuller Brush Girl (comedy starring Lucille Ball)
One Hour With You (early Lubitsch musical)
Fast Company (detective comedy I know I will love)
Fast and Furious (ditto)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (wartime variety show)
Hollywood Canteen (ditto)
Whisky Galore (British comedy)
On An Island With You (Esther Williams)
Le Million (French comedy about a sweepstakes ticket)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (essential viewing I've never seen)
Shanghai Express (Marlene Dietrich, of course)
*Night Nurse (Barbara Stanwyck pre-Code everyone says is good)
Having Wonderful Time (Ginger Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.)
How do I choose one?? Maybe I should just close my eyes and place my finger on the list.