THE APARTMENT Among Top 10 Classic Movies Featured on TCM Classic Film Tour
The TCM Classic Film Tour of NYC is celebrating its first year anniversary. As a TCM Classic Film Tour Guide, I'm so proud to collaborate with the preeminent leader in the curation and presentation of classic film. I love TCM's commitment to showing films as the director intended - uncut, unedited and commercial free. Choosing my favorite films from the 100+ films we cover on the tour, I equate to choosing a favorite child - impossible. However, after much agonizing here are ten of my favorites:
In chronological order:
1. Mounted Police Charge - 1896
On May 11 1896, NYC's first-ever motion picture Documented life in Herald Square. The American Film Industry started in NYC, and watching the actual films from the early days of filmmaking is fascinating. As Robert Osborne says in his video intro to the tour, you really see "how the history of NYC and the history of the movies are so intertwined."
2. My Man Godfrey - 1936
A classic screwball comedy. The real-life divorced couple of William Powell and Carole Lombard have great chemistry. I also love Mischa Auer as Carlo, who is always sighing in the corner and does a hysterical monkey impression.
3. The Shop Around the Corner - 1940
Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. My favorite scene is Jimmy Stewart slowly reading his letter of reference after he gets fired - so sad. Inspired by the Hungarian play Parfumerie, which also inspired the Judy Garland musical In the Good Old Summertime and the more recent classic You've Got Mail. (Some have implied that Stewart's unrequited love for Margaret Sullavan is what kept him a bachelor for so long.)
4. The Naked City - 1948
Attributed to bringing shooting back to NYC. Amazing footage, shot in 107 locations with a lot of hidden camera work. It is a fantastic artifact of post-war NYC. It inspired the docu-drama style, films like Kiss of Death and Call Northside 777, and won Oscars for cinematography and editing.
5. How to Marry A Millionaire - 1953
A charming film. Lauren Bacall's first comedy and it took her career in a whole new direction. My favorite scene is Marilyn Monroe and David Wayne on the plane, where he finally persuades her to wear her glasses and declares her "quite a strudel."