I would like to compliment the
Roxy Theatre on their choice of great classic films to celebrate
their anniversary. What fun and what memories!
My kids and I sat spellbound as
Moses parted the Red Sea and later received the Ten Commandments on
the mountain. Joshua especially loved seeing the hero he is named
I first saw that movie when I was
their age. It was just as exciting and inspiring last week as the
My other favorite was
"Casablanca," which I have longed to see for years. It is an
intriguing story with marvelous acting, by anyone's standards.
Several things struck me about
these movies. There must be some explanation for their all time
appeal, and I think at least part of the answer lies in the
standards of average people like us.
"The Ten Commandments" is
spectacular, with lots of action, large scale drama and special
effects. My son, the Indiana Jones fan, even commented that he liked
the action and thought it was less gimmicky and mechanical than
This movie is also about our
heritage and beliefs as a Judeo-Christian people. It amazes me that
modern Hollywood is so anti-religious when they have proof that
people flock to see movies about the Bible and people's beliefs.
"The Ten Commandments" also has
violence. The difference between this violence and modern violence
is that this is shown with some discretion, used only when
necessary, and treated as wrong.
The prince who is really admired
and followed is the one who is compassionate and understanding of
the people, even slaves who were considered less than cattle. We can
come out of such a movie with a feeling of being lifted up, of
witnessing something bigger than ourselves.
We also can understand our own
culture and values a little better.
"Casablanca," too, was on a grand
scale with plenty of intrigue and political and historical meaning.
The people and the times are woven together for an interesting
picture of World War II.
But, most of all, it's a love
story one that's hard to forget. The characters are portrayed as
infatuated, desiring and haunted by love. What's refreshing is that
this love story leaves both people with their dignity, their honor,
and their clothing.
The look in Bogart's eyes and the
tears in Ingrid Bergman's are more expressive than a dozen bedroom
scenes. And we can be entertained without being degraded.
Don't get me wrong -- I certainly
don't think all modern movies are bad. I thrill to the action of
Indiana Jones and get teary over the human relationships in "Driving
Miss Daisy," "Dad," and "Steel Magnolias."
And, yes, Tom Cruise can make my
heart flutter, even if I don't like his language.
But I can't wait to get my popcorn
and settle down to savor every minute of "Gone with the Wind." Rhett
Butler - now there's a man worth looking at for four hours -- and he
only needs one four letter word!