For anyone who is interested, a long while ago, I made a bet with my sister: I would watch Breaking Bad, and she would watch ten classics. When I reminded her that she hadn’t honored our bet while I’d made it through four seasons, she said, “Yeah, but Breaking Bad is good. And you like it.”
Classic movie fans, please weep with me now.
A year after nagging my sister into watching the first classic film on my list, I forced her into a second just after Christmas. (I had to be present for her to watch, you see.) As before, she drifted off multiple times during the movie. For the first film, Body and Soul, I could understand. It was slow, and the hour was late. But this time, we watched a movie earlier, and this time, Rachel was watching this woman:
I mean, who can’t be entertained by MAE WEST?
My husband, who had urged I’m No Angel be the film I chose, watched Rachel in action and said, “Sorry, Leah, you need to give up. She’s not that tired.”
He was right. Until Rachel is more receptive to the possibility of liking classic film, I’m wasting my time. Naturally, I was feeling down, but shortly afterward, my friend watched the same film. She told me her husband said, “I give it 20 minutes,” and then was so amused that he was imitating West’s walk afterward. This is the kind of love I hope newbies to West will feel. So while I’m giving up on converting my sister to classic film, I am sharing her list for the hesitant watcher among your friends and family. But learn from my example: Make sure you choose someone who IS receptive. (You can, of course, check out this wonderful blogathon too). The list for Rachel has gone through many versions, and I’m cutting my first choice. But the other films are good starting movies for others; thanks to all of you who offered suggestions for Rachel in previous posts. Here the movies are (in no particular order):
- I’m No Angel
- The Third Man
- Smith Goes to Washington
- The Awful Truth
- Scarface (1932)
- On the Waterfront
- The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
I wish you all greater luck than I had. Hopefully, at some point, my sister will change her incredibly stubborn mind all on her own, and give these wonderful films a try.