Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and The Birds and Rear Window (Rear Window is one of my all-time favourites)
Ben Hur with Charlton Heston (many years ago I heard a joke: What did Ben Hur say to his sister Ben Him? We should switch names or they'll start calling me Ben Gay - not that there's anything wrong with it)
Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn (Two icons)
Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (Sick and brilliant movie)
Dial M for Murder with Grace Kelly (Great story stars a great beauty)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail AND The Life of Brian (Love them both)
Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean (Serious Classic)
What a novel idea! Instead of remaking classic films, just re-release! What a great way to expose audiences to the classics, without butchering the classics with lame remakes. Speaking of butchering, while I was going to school, I had a job at Colorization. I used to paint by numbers, on computer, coloring black and white movies. I was involved in the
My point? One of the key messages of Colorization was: Colorizing black and white classics will expose a whole new audience to great cinema. The logic was that young people didn't want to watch black and white films. While it exposed me to some great cinema, the concept inevitably failed and so did the company. Again, what's my point? I think I'm trying to say that re-releasing will hopefully provide a big screen viewing opportunity for people who likely own these films and maybe expose younger people, too. I don't know if younger generation movie buffs will seize the opportunity to see these films on the big screen, but I really hope they do. Movies often reflect our cultural evolution, our changing values and so, for me, it's really cool to glimpse the history of an art form that is only about 100 years old. Thus, re-releasing classics instead of remaking them is appealing to me. Maybe when all the classics are re-released, some new ideas will evolve... oh my, I actually sound optimistic.
The first time I saw the film, Casablanca, I marveled at how cliché the sayings were, you know, "play it again, Sam." "There's been a murder, round up the usual suspects..." "The lives of two people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world..." But then I realized that many of the expressions we consider cliché had to start somewhere. Many started in these classic, often quoted and misquoted films of yester-year.
While basking in nostalgia and goodwill I had another thought, which is sadly based in cynicism. You know, cash grab, cheaper to re-release than make movies now that Blockbuster is dead (please see my post on Oct. 27, 2011). But you know what? I think it's great that we have opportunities to view classics on the big screen. So, all cynicism aside, I hope movie lovers take advantage of this opportunity because there is so much crap out there.
Think of viewing an old classic on a big screen like putting your money on a sure thing. Send me your thoughts.