My mom tells about taking me to my first movie, The Sound of Music, when it first came out. Although I was just two, she was amazed that I apparently sat through it. enthralled. I’m not surprised, as that movie has always fascinated me: the premise, the setting, the music … Each year when it would come on TV, I excitedly watched it again. On a trip to Austria in my 20s, I made sure to take the Sound of Music tour.
As a child, I don’t recall going to a lot of movies, but I did go occasionally. Our town had a drive-in theater, and I remember attending some movies there.
I remember standing in a long line (with my dad, I think) to watch In Search of Noah’s Ark. I recall fervently hoping that we’d be able to buy tickets before all the seats were taken. Ah, the sense of excitement and possibility that perhaps Noah’s Ark had actually been discovered, up there on a remote mountain in Turkey!
Every year, I loved The Wizard of Oz when it was on TV. I now have it on VHS tape (haven’t yet upgraded to DVD), but you know what? I don’t know if I’ve ever watched it that way. There was just something really special about waiting for the “event” of it being on TV each year. The suspense of that inevitable commercial break just before Dorothy stepped out into Oz; the fear in those moments just prior to that creepy, scary wicked witch appearing!
And who can forget E.T.? I saw it at the theater, senior year.
Instead of the prom, my friend Cheryl and I went to Frances, a rather depressing movie about an actress who was mentally ill.
What movies do you remember from childhood?