Once upon a time before special effects and outrageous story lines there were substance based movies. Often overacted and underrated the classic movie scene is a testament to true story telling and the vision to execute that story with nothing but props and costumes. Between the 1940’s and 1970’s movie after movie was made some admittedly bad; but others just genius. The picture above is the story of a woman who married a very rich man to save her spoiled selfish brother and lifestyle. She continued, post nuptials, to accept proposals of marriage from other men while her husband looked on with patience. Sounds like a Netflix movie right? A story told in a time when it had to be told without sex and imagination was required.
A brilliant example of a great story, told in during an era of change, is the Tennessee Williams Play adaptation turned Movie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof“. This story has been told and retold but the 1958 movie was one account worth watching. The beauty of the way this narrative was told on the big screen was the set. This movie was primarily set in one Big ol’ house. It featured a marriage on the verge of destruction due to alcoholism and secrets. Along with a rich matriarch dying and people fighting over the Will before he is gone and buried. It’s money, lies, and sex done with insults, tantrums, and family fake smiles. It is completely captivating without any of the special imagery available today.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I love my Star Wars, Die Hard and all my Comics come to life along with a plethora of films in-between. However, as an inspiring author, I love and respect how with no hi-tech help these movies are enthralling and can have you on the edge of your seat as much as a current film. They also prompt you to do something rarely done these days….use your imagination with exceptional guidance! If you have never indulged, try it and enjoy the simplicity of Classic story telling. Below are a few, seriously a few I have too many favorites, that I recommend.