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I can't watch old movies in my house.
Well, not typically, anyway.
My husband detests anything old.
He hates Victorian homes (my fave), despises antiques (I love 'em), and out-rightly rejects movies not filmed in color.
Not sure why he sticks with such an old gal? Better not tug on that thread too hard. Moving onto the kid.
A story's got to be truly riveting or downright terrifying for Kyle to agree to sit down to anything, say, pre-1980s. To be fair, those are "old movies" to him, I suppose.
Either way, whilst both of them were otherwise occupied last night, I watched a movie my folks have been raving about since I was old enough to talk:"The African Queen" starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn and directed by John Huston.
That's all-time Hollywood royalty FYI, whippersnappers. And you, too, Kerry. I digress.
All I can say about "The African Queen" is, Mom and Dad, as usual, were right.
A wonderful story, masterfully written, and superbly acted and directed, with just the right flairs of drama, action, heartbreak, and comic relief.
Here's a brief summary ala IMDB:
At the start of World War I, Charlie Allnut is using his old steamer, The African Queen, to ferry supplies to villages in East Africa. When the Rev. Samuel Sayer (who is performing Methodist missionary work there at the time) dies, Charlie agrees to take Sayers' sister, Rose, back to civilization, taking on the Germans at the same time.
Of course Charlie and Rose are polar opposites; so you know what that ultimately means. Did I mention it's fairly wholesome (given the backdrop, heightened by the actions of some pretty horrendous German soldiers--and well, Bogart's character being a wee bit of an alcoholic) and rather sweet?
Heck, it's not even some ridiculously long-drawn out affair; clocks in at less than two hours.
Best of all, it's got a happy ending; I think it's safe to offer that spoiler? The film was made in 1951, after all.
When it all comes down to it; it's an inspired film with a strong yet simple message, probably best explained during the exchange between Bogart and Hepburn as he defends his drunken behavior the night prior.
Charlie Allnut: "A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature."
Rose Sayer: "Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above."
Indeed. They do...and so can we.
Here's to films from bygone eras offering hope, faith, and relevancy in (nearly) 2020. I absolutely love "The African Queen" --but then again, I'm just an old soul in a modern world, I suppose.
Either way, watch an old movie, read a classic novel, or crack open the Good Book every now and again. You might just be pleasantly surprised by the blockbuster you find.
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