Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Teach Your Children: The Essential Films

It is incumbent upon parents to teach their children core values: love, kindness, self-respect and respect for others, fairness and justice, family culture/tradition and tolerance for those of others, appreciation of nature and the need to protect the planet, openness to the spiritual or magical, cultivation of healthful habits and self-sufficiency, the power of literature and music, the importance of baseball, and how to eat a slice of pizza.  

Then there are the movies -- those essential 20th Century American films that our kids should be familiar with before moving on into the world.  These are not necessarily the ones you would see in a film class (although several you might) but those iconic gems that say something fundamental about ourselves and our culture.  Here's my initial attempt at a list that probably says more about me:

1.  Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers  
2.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
3.  Sullivan's Travels
4.  The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Treasure of Sierra Madre 
5.  Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo
6.  The Searchers 
7.  Lawrence of Arabia
8.  The Manchurian Candidate 
9.  To Kill A Mockingbird
10. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 
11. The Great Escape, The Guns of Navarone, Stalag 17
12. Dr. Strangelove  
13. The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark
14. The Graduate 
15. Planet of the Apes
16. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
17. Little Big Man
18. Harold and Maude
19. The Godfather & The Godfather II 
20. Young Frankenstein 
21. Annie Hall 
22. Apocalypse Now
23 This Is Spinal Tap
24. Do The Right Thing
25. My Cousin Vinny
26. Groundhog Day
27. The Big Lebowski


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