Notes on Classic Films

Notorious (1946)

In high school, my brother took a film history course, and the rest of the family ended up doing most of his “homework” with him. I’ve always been kind of wary of classic films because they so often feature surprise sexism and/or racism, plus the different acting style used in the 30-50s isn’t always my cup of tea. But his assigned viewing list actually ended up introducing us to a lot of classic movies that we liked a lot and might otherwise have never tried, so it ended up being a fun semester for all of us, and we started adding more classic movies to our movie nights from then on.

Unfortunately, however, I haven’t seen most of these movies for 10-15 years, so I don’t remember most of them well enough to do a full review, but here are some notes based on what I do remember:

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Singin’ in the Rain Movie Review

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Before I watched this movie, pretty much the only thing I knew about it was the iconic titular scene, so I knew the singing and dancing were going to be amazing, but I expected the plot to be some sort of corny romance.

I was therefore very pleasantly surprised to discover that much of the movie was actually taken up by a hilarious plot about the bumpy transition from silent films to “talking pictures.” Really the only thing I didn’t like was the strange “Broadway Melody” sequence, which had great dancing courtesy of the legendary Cyd Charisse, but was just kind of weird and out of place.

My rating: (4 / 5)

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