In my novel, Dirty Laundry, my character, Imani loves watching old black and white classic movies. When she meets a guy with the same interest, she decides he is definitely a keeper. There’s nothing more romantic than watching a black and white love story–especially with a hot guy!
Before I got rid of cable (long story, even longer list of charges on my bill), I used to watch AMC (American Movie Classics) a few times a week. The world could be crashing down around me, but I would always get stopped in my tracks by a good black and white movie. From love stories to comedies to who-dun-its, those movies held my attention like a water fountain in a desert.
My husband once told me that he remembered the day his parents bought the family’s first black and white T.V. He and his brothers were so excited–it was like nothing they’d ever seen. But with all the gadgets of today, you probably couldn’t pay a teenager to watch a black and white movie.
I may be alone in thinking this, but I just don’t feel like the movies of today hold the same mystique. Therefore, today I’m paying homage to all the black and white classics.
One of my favorites is An Affair to Remember, where Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant were supposed to give up everything to be with each other. They were scheduled to meet at the top of the Empire State Building, but Deborah Kerr didn’t show up. Cary Grant never knew the real reason until he saw her a year later in a wheelchair. She’d gotten hit by a car on the way to meet him that day. Damn, I’m getting misty-eyed just thinking about it!
I’ve listed my favorite black and white classics below. What are some of yours, whether they’re romances or not?
- Imitation of Life (Get the Kleenex out!)
- A Raisin in the Sun
- Lying Lips (good mystery with James Earl Jones)
- Philadelphia Story
- Bringing up Baby
- Wuthering Heights (I was on Heathcliff’s side)