Classic Film Discoveries, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan

When my mother was a child, her mother took she and my mother’s younger brother to the movies whenever she was able. The mother of four, my grandmother had little time for leisure activities, but books and movies were very important to her, and she passed her love for both onto her two youngest children.

When I was very small, just a toddler, my mother worked from home. This was a big adjustment, as my mother had worked at a major insurance company for a decade, commuting to and from the city everyday for all those years. While she and I often watched films together, one day she had to work beyond just the morning, and so she had to find entertainment for me. According to my mother (at times my siblings like to differ) I was never a troublesome or demanding child. As the youngest of five children, that kind of behaviour just didn’t fly. And so I was quite happy to play by myself and watch movies alone for quite a while.

That was how my mother came to put on the film that would define my future taste in films: Gone with the Wind. It’s difficult to describe how arresting I found the film at the tender age of three. When I tell people that I watched such an epic at a very young age, they are either sceptical or amazed. Their reaction doesn’t really mean much to me. What matters to me is the memory of watching the film for the first time. How riveted I was, how the colours, not as sharp as they would be on my DVD copy later, as it was on a well loved bought video, were unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Many memories from my early child are lost to me now. But that one never will be. I suspect that even when I am on my deathbed one day I will remember exactly how it felt to watch Rhett and Scarlett kiss in the crimson twilight, and to watch Rhett be swallowed by the mist of Scarlett’s dream made reality at the end of the film. Gone with the Wind is a film that has defined my movie watching experience. To me, despite all the criticism heaped upon it eighty one years after its release, it is still one of the best films ever made, and one that dwells within my memory always.  

 

I wrote this post at the request of my very good blogging friend, Paul Batters, the author of the lovely Silver Screen Classic blog,  who reached out to the classic film blogging community on twitter with the wonderful idea of each of us sharing the story of how we became classic film fans. Thank you, Paul, for making this recollection of such a happy event possible. 

5 thoughts on “A Silver Discovery: How I became a classic film fan”

  1. I can well believe you first watched this when you were 3. I watched my favorite movie (The Man from Snowy River) for the first time when I was 2, and that was that. I don’t remember seeing it that first time, but I remember playing it over and over, and later being absolutely agog to learn that my parents could rent it from the video store and bring it home and we could watch it again. It’s one of the first movies my family ever rented, just because my parents wanted to be kind to me.

    The first classic I watched was either Giant or The Sound of Music — probably the second and third movies my family rented when the first video rental store opened up in our small town. I was maybe five. We only had one TV, so whatever my parents wanted to watch, that’s what we all watched, so I watched those. And didn’t know little kids weren’t supposed to like them just because they were old or long or whatever.

    So I totally believe you fell in love with Gone with the Wind at the age of three and liked it. That’s how it works for people like us.

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    1. Thank you for leaving such a wonderful comment 🤗 I love The Man From Snowy River. I watched it for the first time recently thanks to my mom and cousin and Aunty.
      Absolutely. You’re so right. That’s exactly how it works with people like us 💖

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      1. Oh, how cool that you’ve seen The Man from Snowy River! It’s kind of obscure, I always feel. But just such a solidly enjoyable movie. I love it dearly.

        I know quite a few other avid movie buffs who also fell in love with classic or “grown-up” movies when they were quite young. Some people just don’t need/want only animated pap when they’re little. Sure, they might not totally follow storylines or understand character arcs and so on, but they can figure out enough. And then other people still can’t get into them even when they’re adults. I think it’s an individual thing, not an age thing, really.

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