Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Making of a Classic Reel Girl

I was raised on great classics such as Casablanca and Gone with the Wind, as well as a healthy diet of musicals (Oklahoma!, White Christmas, and The Music Man to name a few). When I was twelve, I discovered a cable channel devoted to the classics, and I was determined to watch as many as I could, even if they were considered B-films. As that channel morphed, I frequented the library in search of classic movies on VHS and on Friday nights, I stayed up late for the PBS feature film as opposed to visiting Coffee Plantation with my peers. I felt odd and out-of-touch, but that could not stifle my love for classic films. 

In high school and college I was often asked why I loved old Hollywood movies so much, but I could never adequately explain my passion. Since then, I have found a large community of classic movie lovers (via a certain other cable channel), so I know I am not alone in my love of old films. However, this does not answer why I love classic movies. I've contemplated the question many times over the years, but have come up blank. Why do any of us love old films? We just do. Nevertheless, I hope this blog will help me finally articulate the answer while giving classic movie lovers a place to analyze films in new ways.

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