retro is all the rage in the fashion world, why not in media, also?
I pondered as I heard my children defending one of their favorite
shows (Andy Griffith) to a friend who is only interested current
movies. There is a wealth of information to
be garnered from media that has spanned generations. It is a priceless
moment when a parent or grandparent snuggles with their child/grandchild
and watches a classic film. While the child is learning about a
bygone era, the older generation reminisces about the first time
they saw the film. My daycare children are endlessly amused by the
fact that my husband saw the first Land before Time film
in the movie theater. Each time a new film comes out, the kids let
us grownups know, and we all enjoy the new film together.
In this fast-paced
world, it might be difficult to imagine that the child would want
to sit down with one of the slower moving stories of the past. I
challenge you to give it a try. At one point last year, as part
of a homeschooling effort, I showed my three boys several versions
of the film, Heidi, after we read the book. To my great surprise,
their favorite version was the 1937 version starring Shirley Temple.
The next time we went to the local library, they found another film
starring Shirley Temple. They brought it home and thoroughly enjoyed
it. It was to our great delight that we discovered a Shirley Temple
film highlighted in the KIDS FIRST!® Film Festival. As we've
reviewed the title, my boys were asking questions about the actress.
They were surprised to find out that she was even older than I.
We were able to talk about Temple's political career, which led
to an interesting discussion on various child actors and what happened
to them as they grew older, along with the phenomenon of typecasting
and how actors fight that. Captain
January is available to Film Festival providers this fall.
title, we have in our Film Festival is Alice in Wonderland.
This story comes to life in a way it never has before with jolly,
witty songs by Steve Allen and more than a dozen Hollywood stars.
The cinematography is phenomenal. It is almost worth viewing the
film just to see the artistry of the animated dragon. It was so
realistic, my nine-year-old was asking if perhaps dragon's really
do exist. I jokingly responded by asking the children if they had
seen a story about it on Reading Rainbow, another classic
is always fun and interesting to see the new technology and edgy
stories emerge, sometimes it's nice to remember the mores of the
past. Actor Daniel
Roebuck put it rather well when he was talking about films he
wanted his children to see. Roebuck is concerned about the message
we are getting our children. Popular media such as a reality shows
make it seem like the only way to survive is a dog eat dog world.
a long day on the set, Roebuck was exhausted, but took the time
to go to a classic film festival. As he puts it, if people do not
show support for the films with good morals, they might become obsolete.
Where do you go to find a classic films so you can support them
and their distributors? Even if you live in a rural area, it is
still possible. Our family finds a lot of the classics in the local
dollar stores. And, of course, you can go to the KIDS FIRST!®
website and find out when our film Festival is in your area. This
site will even tell you which titles are showing. Check it out at
Perhaps resurrecting the magic of evergreen film will ignite a positive
flame in the future of children's film. As writer Margaret Fairless
Barber sums up, "To look backward for a while is to refresh
the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime
function of looking forward."
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