The New Classics

If you were to ask anybody what the best movie of all time is, there would undoubtedly be a variety of opinions. You would receive an extensive list of films that belong in separate categories, genres, time periods, etc. Disregarding preferences, not many films can attain the coveted title of being a “classic.” These movies come once in a lifetime, movies that change the landscape of filmmaking. These movies inspire a generation and envelop its viewers in their captivating storytelling, fascinating characters and riveting plots. These films spark a fire in their viewers to appreciate and love films of a higher echelon. Films like “Gone With the Wind,” “Citizen Kane,” “Some Like It Hot,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Graduate” are all staples in American Cinema and are considered classics by even the highest film academies. I decided to go around school and ask my teachers what their favorite classic movie is. Sufficed it to say, the answers were very different, as that goes to show that tastes vary tremendously.

Interviewing Mr. Tarleton, I found out his favorite classic movie is “Being There” (1979). “A thinking person’s movie,” he said. Mrs. Van Wowk expressed her love for “Moonstruck” by saying that, “The story is so beautiful.” Mrs. Orosz couldn’t stop praising “The Princess Bride.” “Funny and romantic at the same time,” she said, “My favorite!” Ms. Pontillo listed the classic “Gone With the Wind.” Ms. Bradley’s favorite classic movie is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” “You’re just glad to be there with her,” she said, speaking about the titular Audrey Hepburn. Finally, Mr. Schram spoke of the groundbreaking “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” In thinking about this classic, he says, “Two words; Clint Eastwood. You have some of the greatest one liners,” he continued, “the way it captures history and the last 10 minutes – amazing.” As you can see, classic movies are defined by the emotions they elicit in their viewers and the lasting effect they have on the cinematic landscape.