Emma Clarendon selects five of her all time favourite classic films (well currently anyway!)
Some Like it Hot: I can never resist this blend of sharply written script, a fabulously talented cast and the whole lot of fun that comes along with it in Some Like it Hot. Considered by many as one of the greatest comedy films to be released, the combination of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe is just too irresistible for me. It has a timeless quality about it that is always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.
Singin’ in the Rain: one of the reasons I love this film so much is the way in which it pays tribute to the glamour of Hollywood during one of its most important advancements – but also the way in which it mocks it at the same time. Yes, Gene Kelly is superb in it – but for me I love to watch Donald O’Connor performing and his sequence to ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ is one of my all time favourites, while Debbie Reynolds can more than hold her own between them.
Roman Holiday: now everyone who knows me understands I can’t resist an Audrey Hepburn film to cheer me up. Roman Holiday was her first big break through role and led to her winning a very deserved Oscar. But pairing her with Gregory Peck was a stroke of genius – his natural on screen charm was a perfect match for her genuine warmth and natural performance as the Princess who just wanted a bit of freedom for the day.
Blazing Saddles: as relevant today as it was originally released in 1974, Blazing Saddles is a film that truly showed us all that sometimes the only way to deal with racists and their attitudes is to turn it back on them through comedy. Mel Brooks and his team of writers including Richard Pryor really nails it with this film with its many memorable lines and scenes that still draw a laugh to this day. It is again a film that still has relevancy for audiences watching it for the first time today.
It’s a Wonderful Life: the ultimate Christmas classic (yes I used the C word in July!) – Frank Capra’s film is so wonderfully warm and a strong reminder of the kindness of humanity and compassion at its best. Does it make me cry at the end – well of course! But it also makes me laugh and filled with moments that I can relate to in some shape or form. A true classic.