How I Came to Love the Classics
by Jacqueline Gutierrez, age 18
November 13, 1999
I love going to the movies and I have a special love for the classics. My family introduced me to classic movies when I was very
young. My grandma and mom were telling me all about their favorite classic stars like
Cary Grant, Carole Lombard and Laurence Olivier. I was starting to get very interested in classic movies, and the first classic movie that I saw was
Gone With the Wind. I was very lucky to see it in a movie
theater. The experience was wonderful and I fell in love with this wonderful masterpiece.
I also fell in love with Clark Gable and my love for classic movies started. Then I saw It's a Wonderful Life and I fell in love with
Jimmy Stewart and this wonderful film. After I saw these two excellent films, I got more and more interested in classic movies.
I started to watch them on video and TV--Waterloo Bridge, The Wizard of Oz, It Happened One
Night, Mary Poppins,
The Sound of Music,
My Fair Lady, An Affair To
Remember, Singin' in the Rain, Giant, An American in Paris,
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,
The Best Years of Our Lives,
Roman Holiday--and that was only the beginning of my love for classic movies.
I became a fan of Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Clark Gable, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, Fred and Ginger, Gene Kelly, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Claude Rains, Shirley Temple, Cyd Charisse, Eleanor Powell, Ingrid Bergman, Gene Tierney and Judy Garland and they were the inspiration for my love of
classic movies. I am very happy to see so many other classic movie
In my opinion, the greatest movies of all times are the great films of the
'30s, '40s, '50s and some of the '60s. I was very lucky to see a few classics in a special movie
theater dedicated to show the classic movies, like Gone With the Wind, Spartacus, Vertigo,
Casablanca, Dial M For Murder,
Rebel Without a Cause, Oliver! and Rear Window, but unfortunately, that movie theater is now closed.
I have a dream, and that dream is that one day I will own a classic movie theater so that I could show many great classic films so that
new generations appreciate the great talents of the classic stars like Fred and Ginger, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Claude Rains, Ingrid Bergman and Jimmy Stewart.
The scripts of the classics were very well-written, the performances were very well-acted and the classic movies were much better than
today's films. That's the reason why I became a classic movie fan.
I always get very happy when I watch one of my favorite films, and I also love to
dream. I always get very happy when I watch Maria teaching the Von Trapp
children to sing "Do-Re-Mi" in The Sound of Music, I always sigh when Sam is playing "As Time Goes By" in Casablanca, I always get excited when Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins are singing "The Rain in Spain" in
My Fair Lady and I also dream that I am dancing with
Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
My five favorites of all time are Gone With the
Wind, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, It's a Wonderful life and Casablanca. The
classics are forever.
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