a classical education

alright, someone else was foolhardy enough to pick up the queue de grâce gauntlet! one of my oldest friends, eric reiss, has asked for a program specifically designed to rid him of his aversion to old movies, so i have tailored a list of classics for his entertainment and edification.

ok, so they're not that old. i set out an itinerary of twelve films, ranging from 1926 to 1966, with a few genre milestones and a handful of more offbeat, but no less intriguing, choices. on the list there is screwball comedy, political and historical drama, one silent masterpiece, noir, documentary and horror, including a smattering of international entries. i am looking forward to his responses a great deal. you can read what he has to say about them, including the preemptive opening salvo he posted yesterday, at his blog, thoughts and tasty beverages. with any luck, he will also be able to shanghai his wife karen, an avowed old movie lover, into participating in a sort of he-said, she-said analysis. this promises to be fun. take a look.


  1. Fantastic list! So glad you included The General in there. I will be checking in to see what he thinks of all of them. P.S. I never doubted you for a moment.

  2. first post just went up and it is excellent!