I love old movies.
It's fun to talk about the days when Hollywood meant glamour...with those who actually remember it!
Alice lived in Niagara Falls when Marilyn Monroe was in town filming scenes for the movie Niagara. She shared stories about watching the filming from her window at work. Some of her friends, with less strict work hours got to be walk-ons in the movie.
Favorite Actors and Movies
There were a lot of common favorites. Gone with the Wind had the most votes for favorite movie.
What did the kids think?
I had kids visiting my group at Silverado and they didn't want to talk about Clark Gable and film history. They did however have a little fun with the gloves and feather boas. I wish I'd had a movie camera rolling!
A Movie in Common!
The kids were lost in their world of gloves and microphones when I asked the adults if they knew of another great film that came out in 1939. When I held up a picture of The Wizard of Oz, the little girls paused and squealed. For the next 20 minutes, the 5 year olds and the folks in their 80's and 90's were in the same world. We remembered all the characters and mimmicked their voices and gestures. We quizzed each other with famous lines like..."Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" We sang all the songs we could remember and dreamed about sitting in a glitzy movie house with big box of popcorn and watching the whole movie.
What I learned
We all know about the popularity of The Wizard of Oz. Most of us remember being scared watching it as a child and most of us still love seeing the movie as an adult. But what a treat it was to witness these young girls with these older women connecting as they recalled the movie together. Even though they are worlds and generations apart, but they shared the same joy from this old classic!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.