It's week 2 on Metal Mummy's Movie Meme and this week the theme is Black and White:
"Whether it be a silent film, a 40s film, a 50s film or a modern film with a black and white twist, I would love to read about the film that gets you going from this genre. It doesn’t even have to be a black and white movie. It could be a movie about something black and white (admittedly, all I can think about is a penguin, but I’m sure there’s plenty more options out there!)"
Oh blimey, how the heck do I choose just one movie? There are so many brilliant black and white films to choose from, so many that are my favourites.
Luckily, being 7 hours behind most of the rest of those posting on this week's theme I could check out their posts to try and narrow down my field. Some of my list have already been wonderfully reviewed/talked about - check them out:
- neverfoundtheplot - Wizard of Oz
- SAHMlovingit - Rebecca
- QWERTYMum - The Elephant Man
- curtainsforthewindow - Sin City
- WelcometotheworldEsther&William - It's a Wonderful Life
- metalmummy - Psycho
Plus this week's theme has allowed me to learn about other movies I need to watch:
There's probably more bloggers listing movies since I looked too so check out the links at the bottom of Metal Mummy's post.
Right, what am I going to choose then. Films from my top 10 have already been done - Rebecca, Psycho and It's a Wonderful Life....
But there's also so many others to choose from - The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Dr Strangelove, Lost Horizon, Ninotchka, Some Like It Hot, Duck Soup, A Night At The Opera, Pleasantville, Sunset Boulevard, Rebel Without A Cause, On The Waterfront, the frequently parodied The Seventh Seal, Raging Bull, Metropolis, Invasion of the Boby Snatchers, The Blob, Citizen Kane, The Big Sleep.........and that's just scratching the surface.
Plus I'm currently totally in love with God of Love - which won an Oscar on Sunday for Best Live Action Short and I reviewed last week:
Its maker and star Luke Matheny was the adorable NYU student who got up on stage to accept his Oscar and announced 'I should have got a hiarcut' - you HAVE to watch God of Love - it's less than 20 minutes long and available on iTunes for just $1.99 (not sure how much it is on UK iTunes) but I have a feeling this isn't the last we'll see of Mr. Matheny!
I'm a kid in a sweetie shop - toooooooo painful to choose just one movie.....
Nope, it has to be done....sooooo *looks at list she's written, closes eyes, stabs finger into list, misses hits leg and bends finger backwards, tries again......*
OK, fate has chosen, walk this way ;)
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (or should that be Fronkenschteen?)
It brings back so many memories, sitting around the telly with friends at university, getting slowly drunk on Strongbow cider and the camaraderie of repeating all the great catchprases/lines from the movie ("walk this way", "Frau Blucher" (horses neighing),"put....the candle.....back", "could be worse, could be raining", "certainly, you take the blonde and I'll take the one in the turban", "oh dear, nothing left, what shall we throw down the well now?", "what knockers", "call it....a hunch.. b-boom-tish" and my absolute favourite to the shoe shine at the Transylvania Station, which I won't spoil for you - YOU NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE!)
Gene Wilder is just superb in this role, not too surprising as he wrote the screenplay. I think it could possibly be his best movie, and that's even up against Willy Wonka, Stir Crazy, The Producers and even Blazing Saddles.
But the supporting cast are just the best too - Marty Feldman was MADE to play Igor, Madeline Kahn doing her best neurotic, suppressed sexuality, Terri Garr ("roll, roll, roll in d'hay") and the divine Cloris Leachman and brilliant Peter Boyle. Oh yes, nearly forgot, there's also a superb cameo from Gene Hackman as the blind hermit.
But it's the attention to detail - the immense set they built, the fact that is is shot in black and white with the overblown shadows and parodies so well so many of the famous b&w horror classics - even down to using the original laboratory equipment from the original Boris Karloff's Frankenstein.
It's so worth buying on dvd to watch over and over - I showed it to my daughters last year (7 and 12 at the time) and they fell about laughing, luckily most of the innuendo went over their heads and they just laughed at the silliness. It was so wonderful to share something I'd loved for so long with them and them loving it too!
And then there's Puddin' on d'Ritz....