Last weekend The Wizard of Oz showed on ‘normal’ TV. It took me right back to my childhood and I fell in love with Dorothy and the gang all over again. I’m so glad Mum let me know and Ava and I watched it together. It was the first time she’d seen it and she was captivated. A little put off by the sepia tones at the start – ‘where’s the colour Mum?’ but as soon as the colour kicked in we were all good. It was so lovely to see her so wide-eyed as I’m sure I would have been when I first saw it. There were lots of questions and I let her stay up late to watch it through to the end. It was a real Saturday night treat.
When I was around Ava’s age, my Nan started taking me to the movies. It was just us and I loved it. We would go to The Classic cinema (in Elsternwick) and we started with movies like Disney’s Fantasia and moved on to The Sound of Music when I was a bit older. We also went to the theatre to see stage shows and I remember seeing La Cage Aux Folles at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda. I’m sure I didn’t understand the context but I loved the costumes and the whole theatrical experience.
So all of this nostalgia prompted me to put a list together of my all time fave movies from early childhood and adolescence.
The Wizard of Oz
The Sound of Music
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Back To The Future
Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back & Return of The Jedi
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Stand By Me
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Karate Kid
Pretty in Pink
St Elmo’s Fire
There were loads more but these are the movies that really stand out. I used to tape them on our video recorder and sit there pressing pause when the ads came on, so that when I watched them again, they would be ad free. When the weekends rolled around, I would settle into my bean bag and recite nearly every word. Those were the days!
What’s your fave movie from your childhood?