Wednesday, June 30, 2010

favorite movies

Here is the famous picture of Cary Grant knitting in the movie "Mr. Lucky", which I have not seen (why?). Cary couldn't knit, but Katherine Hepburn was a famous knitter. Here is a link to a wonderful list of novels, movies and television shows with knitting in them:

Last month some friends and I were sitting and waiting for two husbands to return from the mountains driving a slightly wonky car so we were a bit nervous, and we started talking about movies, which ones were our favorites, and all of a sudden two hours went by and the husbands walked in safe and sound. I have the full list, but I want to organize it, so for now here are my (not in any particular order) top ten (for right now):

1. Fanny and Alexander
2. Jaws
3. Lion in Winter
4. Strictly Ballroom
5. La Nuit de Varennes
6. Dead Again
7. Red Beard
8. Seven Samuri
9. Year of Living Dangerously
10. North By Northwest
11. My Man Godfrey
12. Babette's Feast
13. Secret of Roan Inish
14. Waking Ned Devine
15. Thirty-Nine Steps
16. Witness
17. Room with a View
18. Sabrina
19. Breakfast at Tiffany's
20. Murder She Said
21. Diva
22. Harvey

Okay top twenty-two. These are movies I have seen many times and will continue to watch for the rest of my life. "Murder She Said", and all the Miss Marple movies with Margaret Rutherford, are my comfort movies (to watch when sick, sad, missing a traveling family member, sleepless, snowed in). As is the BBC tv Pride and Prejudice. Do you have movies you watch over and over? Or comfort movies?

Now for something completely different.
My husband and I spent the day transcribing a group of letters written during the Civil War by a soldier in a Connecticut regiment. We are both interested in history, and started out saying we were only going to do one or two of the letters (he reading, I typing). We did twelve of the thirty or so letters. We just couldn't stop. This guy was at Gettysburg. He had dinner with a rebel family whose son was in the Confederate Army. They marched to Tennessee. It was so hot men dropped dead of the heat. They were starving on half rations. And on and on, we finally stopped at the end of 1863.

What I have been meaning to blog about is my daughter's high school graduation last month, what she knit (and drew - she's going to art school) during her childhood, what I knit for her, and am knitting for her now to take with her to college (not that she needs it). This is big this going away from home, this ending of childhood, this starting up of a brand new exciting chapter. Anyway, that's coming up.


clairz said...

Wonderful post--I don't know where to start. I love Waking Ned Devine and Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'm going to add everything on your list to my Netflix queue, because I trust you so!

If you haven't seen Amelie, please do, if only for the wonderful saturated colors. My sister and I kept stopping it and backing it up to gaze on room after wonderful room.

Knitting Out Loud said...

Thanks, clairz! I have seen Amelie and liked it. Would be fun to see again.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Have you read The Killer Angels? It's about the battle at Gettysburg and very well done.

Thanks for sharing your list of movies ~ I'll have to add some to my Netflix. I do have many BBC productions that I watch over and over (a link on my sidebar has some of my favorites) and Pride & Prejudice is definitely one of them!

Knitting Out Loud said...

My husband read and liked The Killer Angels. His great grandfather fought in the Civil War and said in a letter, "Those who say they had rather die than surrender have never been in a position to do either." He was captured twice (he was in the cavalry, they were always out front scouting) during the Civil War and ended up for a time in the infamous Andersonville prison camp.

Village Books said...

LOVE this post!

Knitting Out Loud said...

Thanks Village Books! (Village Books was also waiting for her husband that night) I will organize the complete movie list at some point.

raining sheep said...

Babette's Feast is my all time favorite food movie. I could watch that over and over again. I also love a Japanese movie called Tempopo - it's the quest of a woman to make the best bowl of noodles (ramen).

Knitting Out Loud said...

Yes, Tempopo is fun!

Another wonderful food movie is Mostly Martha (the original German version). And thinking of food movies, years ago I saw a delightful French murder mystery called Cat and Mouse, but it is not available on DVD.

Lastly, there is a funny scene in Diva (this is also in French) in which a character is chopping onions wearing a mask and snorkle.

StoriesofFiber said...

Great post! The movie that I have watched and loved the most is Fellini's "La Strada" Giulietta Masina always makes me cry. She is so human and the story is so beautiful.

Knitting Out Loud said...

Would be fun to see again, I haven't seen it in years!

I lived in Boston in my teens and twenties and it was full of tiny art cinemas back then. I remember seeing a Fellini film in Harvard Square and when we came out there was a street festival which made us feel we were walking into a live Fellini movie.

The Paper, with Michael Keaton, is another favorite.