Dear Arthur Freed,
A million thanks to you and MGM for all of my favorite musicals. I’d especially like to high five you for Singin’ in the Rain which, despite it’s initial luke-warm reception, reaches its 60th anniversary today as, unquestionably, one of the best musicals ever made. I don’t feel the need to elaborate on why Singin’ in the Rain is so enduring – I expect everyone else to do so this week, anyway. Instead, this post is about nostalgia, prompted by this fantastic article in The Atlantic today. As is apparent from last year’s Oscar nominated slate – The Artist, Hugo, My Week with Marilyn — nostalgia is back in full force. Without a doubt, you hit on one subject that will never grow trite for audiences or, more importantly, for filmmakers: movie magic. I personally can attest to the magnetic draw of the classics; as a member of the film industry, I can only hope to live up to their legacy.
On that note, here are five upcoming films that are stirring up buzz about the good old days. All five promise to be much more focused on an individual (they’re all biopics), significantly less cheery, and probably much less memorable than Singin’ in the Rain. Nonetheless, they’ll draw attention to certain projects and legends from the past.
- Hitchcock, (formerly Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho), with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock
- Grace of Monaco, with Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly
- The Girl, with Toby Jones as Hitchcock
- Saving Mr. Banks, with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
- Liz & Dick (a TV movie), with Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor
May Hollywood’s self-congratulatory reminiscence continue to follow your example.
Good night, Mun