Monday 18th December 2017

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Movies. #LifeThisWeek 38/52. 2017.111.

Movies. #LifeThisWeek 38/52. 2017.111.

Movies for me are the ones I remember most and would want to see again. And again. However, in my latter (erm, older) years I do not have the interest nor attention span to sit through movies. I blame my needing to check my phone, read something, find something to eat and all that. So, without further ado, time for some memories and then movies I have loved.

In the Olden Days.

As the above suggests, I am from the olden days of the 1950s and 1960s when movies were shown 2 at a time. Double features always. Often a newsreel and a documentary might also be thrown in. In fact, I digress, there were small movie theatres in Sydney that showed up to date news via a newsreel service. Television eventually saw the demise of this but it was one way to catch up on world news especially. In war times (not that I am that old!) this was how the public was shown the progress of WW2.

Where was I? I told you my attention drifts. So, there was a first movie (called the B feature sometimes) and then the main movie. In between there was interval and a person carrying a tray of ice creams, lollies and chips would attend the level of the theatre where you sat or you could go to the lobby for them. Cheaper seats were downstairs (the stalls) and dearer seat were upstairs (the lounge).

So, you would be at the movies for around 3 or more hours. There may have been a matinees session (afternoon) and then the main one in the evening. No pre-ordering of tickets. You queued to buy the tickets.

At the end of BOTH movies, the audience would stand as on the screen there would appear a photo of Queen Elizabeth and we would sing God Save The Queen. I am not joking. That was how it ended. Ask your parents.

The other ‘thing’ about the movies and them going for quite a long time was….if you has a boyfriend then you might both go up the back for a bit of a kiss and a cuddle. I do NOT know about this. I heard it from a friend. Honest.

My Movie Memories and Why.

I first saw High Society in a movie theatre in Manly with my parents and I was around 12. I was struck by the romance and the music. I still am. Bing singing “True Love” to the almost Princess of Monaco (the last movie for Grace Kelly) sticks with me now. I still love the soundtrack in particular.

This one doesn’t need a title…of course it IS from The Sound of Music. I first saw it in the city I think at around age 16 and my friends gave me the soundtrack on vinyl for my birthday. I have lost count of how many times I have watched it and shared it with our kids and grandkids. The scene where the family has to escape from the Nazis still scares me a bit and I loved the romance of the Captain dancing with Maria. Yes I still have the soundtrack but the vinyl is no longer here as we disposed of so many of the NOW popular vinyls when they became to heavy to cart around.

Not normally one for shoot ’em ups, this movie is the first one I saw with the man who is my husband. We both loved the music from it, particularly Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and the conversations between Paul and Robert. A clever movie and such great memories of teaching kids that song at school. 1970. Nice one!!

We lived in the NSW bush as teachers from 1970- 1977 and when we had school holidays we would stay with my parents in Sydney (on-site babysitters too) and take advantage of going to the movies. In this case, to the Frenchs Forest Drive In to see Blazing Saddles. Oh. My. Goodness. The script and the visuals were pretty risky for the times and still are in some places. But I can tell you for me it was a hoot listening to the clever lines crafted by my favourite Mel Brooks because his movies feature twice in my list!!

I recall that we saw this one, the original,  in a movie theatre. It might have been the one close to Mum and Dad’s at Balgowlah or it might have been at Collaroy where the theatre is still in operation. Again, Mr Brooks’ clever and irreverant take on making a Broadway show was the appeal for me and in recent years I saw the updated Producers in the movie form and also as  performed in Sydney by Australian performers. I totally LOVE the music and the words and the clever plot lines. I am still playing the soundtrack today!

This one is for the kids in my life. The grandkids who I took to movies. This one, I actually paid attention in as it was fun and the music was ME! I took a then 3 year old Grandson to a theatre  who also loved it. I know I love a movie when I buy the soundtrack and this one I did. So, for the next 2-3 years in Grandma’s car, this was the most requested by the Granddaughter (his younger sister) who loved it too once she saw it on DVD. Rio has such a special place in my heart and memories.

 

So, there are my movies. What about you?

I can imagine you might have many different memories to me.

This was such a fun prompt to think about once I did. Initially I thought I didn’t like many movies until I visited my memory bank!

Denyse.

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Photo Credits:

High Society http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iqde5Op1Cy8/TOxXfsPJQUI/AAAAAAAAAJA/fu0YAncYe0g/s1600/High+Society+%25281956%2529+8.jpg

The Sound of Music https://analogkidblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/sound-of-music_1_.jpg

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BeAd3R4flyA/TtBuiDfhSsI/AAAAAAAAAus/dCgPP0oLufA/s1600/BCATSK02.jpg

Blazing Saddles http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=EtDLWaRI&id=BC1439D8921E66C72C6AF5671A4615806A00484A&thid=OIP.EtDLWaRIAGr5fq_manIOVgDFEs&q=images+blazing+saddles&simid=608004093419259413&selectedIndex=48&ajaxhist=0

The Producers https://didyouseethatone.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/producers-4.jpg

Rio http://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=2gOiR5Og&id=EE394DCCF338E998AC5E3620ED5F2726DE892733&thid=OIP.2gOiR5OgrwUJCx-_GLXiOADMEy&q=Rio+Movie&simid=608034085169727648&selectedIndex=17&ajaxhist=0

 

 

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