There is something truly enigmatic about black and white movies. I had the pleasure of watching a couple of movies a few days back and the experience has made me a fanboy of the black and white movie era.
Sherlock Jr. was the first movie I stumbled upon, the silent movie from 1924 is a fun story about a movie projectionist who wishes to become a detective one day. His ambitions are put to a test when he finds himself wrongly accused of a crime he didnt commit.
The movie unfolds beautifully, with physical comedy sprinkled all over the place. Some of the scenes in this movie had me amazed as to how they actually managed to create them. Some of the ideas are outrageous and some are extremely silly, but in the end is totally entertaining.
Some Like It Hot is the other classic movie i watched, the 1959 romantic comedy is the story of two struggling musicians who witness a mob hit. With the mob tailing them they decide to take the only opportunity they have to get out of town, dressed up as members of a female band. Things get even more complicated when one of them falls in love with the lead singer of the female band and the other is accosted by an overly romantic old man.
Some like it hot is one of those perfect comedies that take an unusual situation and source humor from the most unimaginable of places. The acting is brilliant which complements the near perfect dialog writing and rib tickling screen play. If you love romantic comedies, this is one movie that should be on your list of must watch movies.
Both Sherlock Jr and Some like it hot are on the IMDB list of top movies of all time. The former is on the list of best all time comedies at #12 and has a running time of just 45 minutes, wonder if movies were much shorter back in the 1920s.
Some like it hot is on the list of IMDB’s top 250 movies of all time at #80. This was also the first time I was watching Marilyn Monroe act and I can see why she was considered the most beautiful woman of her time.
Considering the high that classics got into me, I will be trying of a few more of the critically acclaimed movies of yesteryear… I am starting out with “The Good The Bad and The Ugly“… Feel free to suggest your favorites among the classics and I will try to catch them.