Writing about The Big Sleep yesterday got me thinking about movies. There are only a very few that I really consider my favorites, that I could watch over and over again and not get bored. So here they are.
The first is Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, a classic with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr:
As you can see, it is the most completely entertaining motion picture your heart has ever known! Ha ha. The trailer is cheesy, but the movie is actually very good. It's about a marine who gets separated from his unit and ends up on a deserted island in the South Pacific during World War II. Actually, it's not quite deserted, because Sister Angela is there. She got stranded during the evacuation. So the movie tells the story about how they survive together. I like it because, not only is Robert Mitchum a very handsome man, the plot is compelling and makes me think about how important my own standards are. What would I have done if I were her or him?
Next--you've probably seen this one: Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage, the classic story of girl getting engaged and then falling in love with her fiance's one-handed brother.
There are so many good parts in this movie! My favorite might be the part where they go to the opera. It's true--the moon, and love, do make you do crazy things.
My third favorite movie is A Room With A View, the Merchant Ivory version, with Helena Bonham Carter:
Sorry, that clip had a gory scene, but at least I didn't include the part with the naked men! No, the naked men part isn't why I love this movie--I love it because it is so beautiful. The young English girl transfigured by Italy... But I wonder if it hasn't ruined me because now I want to find a man who will climb a tree and shout "beauty!" into the wilderness. I think those things might only happen in movies and E.M. Forster novels.
So that's my list. What's yours?