Tuesday, March 31, 2009


In 1965, there were 350 movies made. Animal movies, i.e. Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion comes to mind. Without researching the movies of ‘65, I am inclined to believe there where a lot of “CURSE OF” type movies. It is a time when drugs, like LSD are in movie titles.

On the fly, I would think The Sound of Music or Doctor Zhivago would be contenders of the best movie of the year. This is the last of the following the Awards trail. Old Trunks has enjoyed proving the idea that many movies are make overs from previous movies, some numerous of times.

*The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, nominated. Baron Von Trapp, a widower, runs his home near Salzburg like the ship he once commanded. That changes when Maria arrives from the convent to be the new governess of his seven children. Their romps through the hills inspire all to sing and to find joy in the smallest things -- like raindrops on window panes. With a renewed zest for life, the baron hosts a party to introduce his new fiance. Maria knows then she does not want to be a nun. She marries the baron. The happy ever after part is threatened when Austria's new German rulers want the baron back in military service.

Darling, A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Stars Julie Christy, selected as best actress, and Laurence Harvey.

Doctor Zhivago, Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives become intertwined with the drama of Russian revolution. Doctor Zhivago is still married when he meets Lara. Their love story is unfolding against the backdrop of revolution which affects the doctor's career, his family, and his love to Lara. The director had desired to use a well-known Russian song but could not locate the rights to it, and delegated responsibility to Jarre. After several unsuccessful attempts at writing it, Lean suggested to Jarre that he go to the mountains with his girlfriend and write a piece of music for her. Jarre says that the resultant piece was "Lara's Theme", and Lean liked it well enough to use it in numerous tracks for the film.

Ship of Fools, Great movie starring Vivian Leigh and Lee Marvin. Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship's doctor who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Contessa. A young American woman, Jenny, is traveling with the man she loves, David. Jenny is fascinated and puzzled by just who some of the other passengers are.

A Thousand Clowns, Stars Jason Robards as Murray. Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child welfare people try to force Murray to become a conventional man (as the price they demand for allowing him to keep Nick), the nephew, who until now has gloried in his Uncle's iconoclastic approach to life, tries to play mediator.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Richard Burton nominated. British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Cat Ballou, Lee Marvin wins. This musical spoof of Westerns featured Lee Marvin in dual roles that won him a Best Actor Oscar. Jane Fonda stars as the title character, a prim schoolmarm returning to her hometown of Wolf City, Wyoming, after receiving an Eastern education. She hires Cat Ballou to avenge her father's death.

Othello, Laurence Olivier, nominated. The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.

A Patch of Blue, Shelly Winters, Best Supporting, Elizabeth Hartman, nominated. Sidney Poitier stars Accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother Rose-Ann at the age of five, Selena D'Arcy spends the next 13 years confined in the tiny Los Angeles apartment that they share with "Ole Pa", Selena's grandfather. One afternoon at the local park, Selena meets Gordon Ralfe, a thoughtful young office worker whose kind-hearted treatment of her results in her falling in love with him, unaware that he is black.

Inside Daisy Clover, Ruth Gordon, nominated. Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) goes from teenage girl to movie star practically overnight when her demented mother enters her voice in a talent-search contest. From a broken-down carnival on the Santa Monica Pier, in no time at all she is attending glamorous Hollywood parties.


Perhaps it is because I went to Saturday matinees; I still like a good shootum up, gun’um down movies. You can’t beat a good western or an animal story.

Yet, regardless of the year, it seems there are always thrillers, mysteries, adventures, comedy, military/war movies along with those wonderful sappy, pass the tissue type movies that this old softie seems to get caught up in. I do not like horror or monsters and even on TV, I have trouble with blood and guts and hope I am out of the room when it is happening. Yet I have at least one child who LOVES horror movies!

I grew up with Andy Rooney playing his Andy Hardy roles and still watch them when they are on. So for all of you who watched Roy Rogers ride into the sunset or Tarzan fans who watched him swing from vine to vine, I bidyou great movie watching.


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