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Service of Favorite Films

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Over the holidays we saw “Auntie Mame,” [1958], with Rosalind Russell, on Turner Classic Movies. I’ve seen it many times and enjoy it each time. I can too easily ignore my list of “to do’s” on a Saturday when one of my favorites appears. All it takes is for me to see a moment or two and unless I have hard deadlines or apply enormous restraint, a few hours melt away.

Some other films I enjoy seeing again and again include:

  • “Roman Holiday,” [1953] and “Sabrina,” [1954] with Audrey Hepburn
  • “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” [1957] with Alec Guinness
  • “An Affair to Remember,” [1957] with Deborah Kerr
  • “The Apartment,” [1960] with Jack Lemmon
  • “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” [1967] with Katherine Hepburn
  • “Kramer vs. Kramer, “ [1979] and “Out of Africa,” [1985] with Meryl Streep
  • “When Harry Met Sally,” [1989] and “Sleepless in Seattle,” [1993], with Meg Ryan and
  • “The King’s Speech,” [2010] with Colin Firth

My reaction to other “great films” that are repeatedly played such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” [1962] with Peter O’Toole or “The Thomas Crown Affair,” [1968] with Steve McQueen is a brisk “I’ve seen that, I’m not tempted.”  I may even have enjoyed the first viewing but don’t need another.

Recognizing that everyone’s lists will differ, what gives some films legs/why do they stand the test of repetition and others not so much? Is it: The story? The acting? The setting? The directing? How the film resonates with the personality of the viewer? What are some of your favorite films?

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