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Holiday in Mexico (1946)
My husband and I had the pleasure of attending Jose Iturbi's concerts in San Antonio and Austin, Texas; also, my husband was fortunate to hear sister Ampara Iturbi while stationed on Trinidad during WWII, so I always rewatch these old films with great nostalgia. As an amateur pianist I did so enjoy all the music in this film. Calypso, boogie woogie, and classical...something for anyone who enjoys music. Yes, the plots of these old movies were always simplistic, but they make such good clean time-passers, particularly amid the sleaze presented to us on TV and in film today. I am so glad they have been preserved and that we have channels devoted to them. They take me back to happy times.
Everything That Rises (1998)
Always having lived in "cowboy country" I appreciate the believability of this film. It portrays the type of wholesome family life the region I grew up in, the brush country of Texas, is accustomed to. Sometimes even the best men do the ranch work and leave the rearing of children to the women; this story shows men how to be loving fathers. It has a stellar cast of characters. A young neighbor's little boy, who was only 3 years old at the time I bought the video, liked it so much that I gave it to him. Now I plan to replace it, as I have a greatgrandson who will soon be old enough to enjoy it, and I think my whole family will, as well. There is a dearth of the type films which depict the values we wish instilled, so I'm grateful for this one.
My family and I particularly enjoyed this film because it rang true to its era and area. My husband's grandfather was so important to Mountain View, AR that the army would not accept him for service in the Civil War; he was the town's only miller and needed there. My husband's father died at age 104 fourteen years ago and was proud to be from Arkansas, loved to tell of the history. The old-time singing was especially authentic. How I would like to have a video. Taped it from TV the one time we ever knew it to be on here but the local station cut some of the best scenes! I have to say we are not, were not a drinking family, but we surely enjoyed The Bootleggers movie, anyway!