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.  Bridge on the River Kwai
8.  Lawrence of Arabia
9.  The Manchurian Candidate 
10. To Kill A Mockingbird
11. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 
12. The Great Escape, The Guns of Navarone, Stalag 17
13. Dr. Strangelove  
14. The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark
15. The Graduate 
16. Planet of the Apes
17. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
18. Little Big Man
19. Harold and Maude
20. The Godfather & The Godfather II 
21. Young Frankenstein
22. Chinatown
23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
24. Annie Hall 
25. Apocalypse Now
26. Airplane
27. This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman
28. Do The Right Thing
29. My Cousin Vinny
30. Groundhog Day
31. The Big Lebowski

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