I've always been told that I take after my Grandma Norah. Unfortunately I never got the opportunity to meet her, let alone settle down, snuggle up and watch a classic old film with her.
Fortunately I really do take after her, and some of her lives on with me today. Ever since I was a child I have always been exposed to the world of 'old' films. Whether it's my dad's tastes of Hitchcock or my mum's tastes in musicals such as On the Town. I love them.
They give me a sense of escapism to a time that I've never existed in. A time when things were simpler. Falling in love took a matter of seconds, and singing a song made things feel that little bit more bearable. Today I thought I'd share with you a few of my favourite old films. Films that, to me are like a visual hot chocolate. Warm, inviting, simple, cosy and just damn lovely.
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
'Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged.'
High Society (1956)
'C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate. She is on the verge of marrying a man blander and safer than Dex, who tries to win Tracy's heart again. Mike Connor, an undercover tabloid reporter, also falls for Tracy while covering the nuptials for Spy magazine.'
'Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.'
Strangers on a Train (1951)
'A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.'
Rear Window (1954)
'A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.'
Young at Heart (1954)
'The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.'
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
'In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.'
On the Town (1949)
'Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.'
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.
The Third Man (1949)
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.
Sometimes I feel as though I should belong in the past. Am I strange to love films such as these at my age? It doesn't really matter, they make me happy and that is what matters. What types of films make you happy? What is your visual hot chocolate?
*Summaries from IMDB