By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.
Why is it that December is when all of the black and white movies come on TV (It’s a Wonderful Life Anyone)? Maybe it’s to remind us that even though the year brought us newer and more technology-advanced movies, nothing comes close to the classics.
If you are like me over winter break, you’ll occasionally be looking for something to do during those rainy (and hopefully snowy?) days we would normally have class. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s revisit some of the best black and whites of all time!
First on the list is a classic chick flick. Guys, you will get major brownie points for renting this for a Friday night movie night. The movie is Casablanca (1942) and it’s set during World War II. Women love it for the romantic love triangle and men love it for the war action. And it features two of the best actors of that time, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
If you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan (think The Birds), go for 1960’s thriller Psycho. Stolen money, horror, a case of the crazies, and suspense are what makes this movie a classic. And did you know that the blood in the infamous shower scene is really chocolate sauce?
Love a good mystery? The passengers on a European train are forced to stop at a remote hotel when bad weather ensues. Socialite Iris Henderson meets the old governess Miss Froy, but shortly afterwards, Miss Froy disappears. What happened to her? Rent The Lady Vanishes (1938), also directed by Hitchcock, to find out!
Anthony Hopkins is, himself, a classic. So why not rent one of his movies? If you’re in the mood for something completely different, rent The Elephant Man (1980). How can you turn it away after reading IMDB’s summary? “A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his
monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.” Sounds like a winner to me!
To end on a happy note, it seems like it would be a crime to not have Some Like It Hot (1959) on this black-and-white classics list. You can’t go wrong with a cast comprised of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, especially when two of them are disguised as females in a band to escape the mob. Bottom line – it’s hilarious, a total feel good movie, and there’s no good reason for you NOT to see it!
What are your favorite black-and-white movies? Do you have a certain one you like to watch over the holidays? Let us know!