The Enigma of Classic Movies

The word “classic” is simple, yet beguiling. It is broad enough to accommodate certain prejudices while it comes to defining movies. There are a few phrases we often associate with this terminology.Thosewho watch classic movies use it to indicate famous, long-standing movies while others refer to movies exemplifying extraordinary qualities as classic. Setting apart the common, time-honoured predispositions, classic movies have barely anything to do with any particular time-frame. Instead, eminent film critics are of the opinion that classic movies are those that employ some enthralling storytelling techniques that derive a lot of its connotation from the audience’s imagination. As a result a group of people who watch classic movies together derive different significance of it depending from their age, mind-set and experience in life, hence the word “classic”.

Given below is a list of all-time favourite must watch classic moviesin one’s lifetime.

Gone with the Wind- The 238 minutes movie has the days of Civil War and Reconstruction blend in the milieu against which it depicts a tempestuous love story of a roguish man and a manipulative woman. Stroke of genius in the casting, director Victor Fleming provides his audience with marvellous and immaculate production, and spectacular filmmaking with unforgettable Max Steiner score. Critics opines that it is “certainly the best if not the greatest movie of all times. Long but not over-long insofar as viewing is concerned. Faithful adaptation of the novel of the same name commands viewing respect even today.”

Casablanca- The movie is set in occupied Africa in those gruesome times World Word II in the midst of which an American emigrant encounters a former lover with unanticipated hitches. The 1942 classic is a 102 minutes film with Michael Curtiz as the director. The cast includes a lovely Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, and the unforgettable, corrupt Claude Rains.

For Whom the Bell Tolls- A journey to lovey, uncovered, against the milieu of Spanish Civil War. It so happens that an American, who is akin with the Republicans, meets with love in the middle of a desperate and dangerous mission of blowing up a bridge. The 107 minutes movie has Sam Wood as its director. It is anoutstandingtribute to Ernest Hemingway’s novel in the hands of Gary Cooper, Katrina Paxinou and Ingrid Bergman. “Beautifully photographed in color on location and a haunting score from Victor Young make this, a must see classic. ”

The definition of classic movies remains ambiguous and subjective to this day. Yet, according to common norms they are mesmeric films that can be watched time and again, at different levels, in different time and age to derive a completely new significance and understanding each time. These movies live on, not for potent graphic action scenes or flashy editing, but for simulating characterization and compelling storyline, not to mention the snappy dialogue and high production values. Movies like Pride and Prejudice, an adaption of Jane Austen’s novel, The Tale of Two Cities (based on Dickens’ novel), and The Adventures of Robin Hood makes a value contribution to the list of such movies.