While I was in Texas over the holidays, I tried to articulate exactly what it is I love about old movies to my film director brother. I didn’t grow up watching them, so it isn’t nostalgia exactly, but ever since college when my roommates and I used to have Audrey Hepburn movie nights, they’re the movies I will opt for every single time.
To be honest, I have a hard time with most current movies. I get bored out of my mind watching action films. I’ve recognized that I can’t handle anything too sad, or anything remotely scary or disturbing. Lots of profanity makes me uncomfortable and I have little tolerance for raunchy humor. I used to sit through a lot more movies than I really wanted to watch, but since college or so, I decided that doing so wasn’t worth it. This may sound dramatic if you’re not particularly sensitive to visual imagery, but as someone who is (and has spent one too many nights lying awake replaying movie scenes), I acknowledged that I need to approach what I watch in a very intentional way. If I am going to watch a movie, I want it to have some aspect of truth, beauty, or goodness, because those are the things I want to fill my eyes, mind, and time with. If you have a similar sensitivity level to me (“highly sensitive“), this strategy is very effective!
Enter Audrey Hepburn. And Grace Kelly. And Ingrid Bergman. Epic stories that sweep me away, gorgeous costumes that tell a story in their own rite, a world where everyone knew how to dance. When I sit down to watch one of their movies, I’m transported to an era that feels just a little bit lovelier than the one we live in now. I fully acknowledge that in real life, it wasn’t in many ways, but I still think modern women can find lots of inspiration from classic films–I certainly always do. This outfit (a new Gal Meets Glam Collection dress, the comfiest flats I’ve ever owned, and my splurge-worthy souvenir from our fall NYC trip) is just the start :)
Not sure where to start with classic movies? Here’s my (admittedly Audrey-heavy–I love her!) list of favorites so far:
- Roman Holiday
- Funny Face
- To Catch a Thief
- Gone With the Wind
- Charade (free to watch on Amazon Prime)
- How to Steal a Million
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Paris When It Sizzles
- To Kill a Mockingbird
What types of movies do you enjoy watching? Do you have a favorite classic film I should add to my list! Let me know!