Ten classic’s that make us forget!

It’s time to look back at some great classics now that society is at a standstill. We decide to put a list together of movies that are inspiring and fun. We recommend a combination of action movies and comedies to forget these weary times.

  • Shichinin no Samurai, (Seven Samurai) : directed by Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa, with his favorite actor: Toshiro Mifune, this feature inspired not only the Spaghetti Western films but also Star Wars, The Matrix and countless other films. It also got an fun American remake: The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges, 1960).The story: A veteran samurai, gathers six samurais to protect a village from the cruel bandits. As the samurais teach the natives how to defend themselves, the village is attacked by a pack of 40 bandits.
  • Singin’ in the Rain: The King of all musicals! Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds singing “Good Morning” can only put a smile on your face! And Donald O’Connor “make em laugh” is the song for those times.Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen directed the film which tells the story: the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies’, everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part.
  • Young Frankenstein : If you are in the mood of a good horror film but you decide at the last minute a comedy is the better option, look no further than the classic of Mel Brooks (co-written by Gene Wilder) with an exceptional funny cast composed by Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle!The story: Several years after living down his family reputation, Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s castle, where he discovers a book full of his granddad’s experiments and starts reworking on them
  • The Great Escape :Feeling like being in a prison? You feel like being in a war? Well you are not but you can escape by watching the greatest escape in movie history. James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in his best role! Directed by John Sturges, It tells the story of a large group of imprisoned Allied soldiers, known for breaking out of prison, who are confined in an escape-proof prison camp during WO II.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: you love knights, but think the story could have been more political or funny? Well you are right. It is time! You have to watch the greatest knight film in history. Directed by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, the film tells the story of Arthur, the mythical king of the Britons who leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen.
  • The General is almost a 100 years old, but still is one of the funniest movies ever made, thanks to the master himself: Buster Keaton and his incredible physical comedy.The story: When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity.
  • All About Eve: Having the feeling that everything should be about you? Well this cautionary tale teaches you there will always be someone who will take your place because nobody is irreplaceable. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and the always delightful George Sanders shine in this wonderful film directed by the great Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Marilyn Monroe has a small role in the film. The story: Margo, an established theatre actress, appoints Eve, an aspiring actress, as her personal assistant. However, Margo is unaware of Eve’s intention to take over her career.
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much : The film became famous because of the song by Doris Day: “Que Sera, Sera”. Every classical list needs a good Alfred Hitchcock film and this is definitely a great one, action, suspense and James Stewart what do you need more? The story: People involved in perpetrating an assassination in Morocco conspire to eliminate the members of a family who have witnessed the killing.
  • Some Like it Hot: One of best the best casting in movie history: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis (who had a romance with the actress on the set) and Jack Lemon (supposed to be for Jerry Lewis but he didn’t want to wear women clothes!). This three actors gives us an amazing show rarely seen in a comedy! Billy Wilder, who only did great films, directs this film. The story: When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state disguised as women in an all female band, but further complications set in.
  • I soliti ignoti : directed by Mario Monicelli, it is a true classic, a movie which achieved the impossible: assemble all the greatest actors of your time in one movie and somehow make it work!  Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Tòto, Claudia Cardinale and Tiberio Murgia. The story details the story of a sad-sack group of clumpsy thieves and their desperate attempts to pull off the perfect heist which lead of course to some hilarious and despairing adventures. The movie takes great pleasure in mocking Hollywood’s film noir genre or the French Neorealism

Stanley Berenboom

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