I distinctly remember the first time I saw Cary Grant on screen. It was Stanley Donen’s 1963 caper Charade. A movie I had turned on because it was streaming on Netflix (its early days when Netflix originals were nonexistent) and it starred Audrey Hepburn who was having a sort of resurgence in pop culture in the late 2000s. I had never felt a magnetism towards an actor on screen the way I did towards seeing Grant in the film. I didn’t know who he was but I knew he had to be somebody. The distinct accent, the impeccable wardrobe and the charisma oozing from every word uttered. A movie star if there ever was one. It is this experience that I accredit as the onset of my journey into films of the past.
This is wonderful. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. My first love of film came from the big beautiful musicals of the 30s to 50s, and the wonderful song and dance actors of their time. I've fallen in and out of movie going (not watching) over the years, and when the pandemic hit it made all the worse. Even now when I feel comfortable and safe going I still find myself choosing the couch over the theatre and I really want to change that this year. Bring the movies back!