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Song of the South (1946)
Brilliant. Mark Twain would have been proud.
The comments by bartman_9 reflect the ignorance of so many people in trying to define "racism".
"Song of the South" portrays life as it WAS in the old South. It does not condone racism. I don't condone racism, then or now. I DO value rich history presented in this motion picture. I saw it as a young person and it did not turn me into a raving racist.
"Son of the South" is a beautiful portrayal of a part of Negro history. To call it racist is to demean it and misrepresent it. Even a person in Belgium should be able to discern that! I don't apologize for the racism in the United States, then or now. We are perhaps the most racist country in the world. But don't put "Song of the South" in that category.
I don't know if bartman_9 has ever read "Huckleberry Finn" but I imagine he'd label that as racist also. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is Mark Twain's brilliant depiction of how a young boy raised in prejudice is able to finally see that people are PEOPLE. Even a black person.
Perhaps bartman_9 should re-read some of his European history. He'll find plenty of REAL racism there. Take the blinders off and see things as they are.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Brooks' Best
This is one of the funniest films ever made. Featuring unforgettable performances by Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Joe Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars and a wonderful cameo by Liam Dunn. I love all of Mel Brooks' films and this one is at the top of that list (even higher than "Blazing Saddles"). Unfortunately some of the people I mentioned have gone to a higher calling. Among them, Mr. Feldman, Ms Kahn and Mr. Dunn. I'm glad I have lived during a time when I could see and appreciate the work of Mel Brooks. His legacy will be as huge as the saga of "Blazing Saddles". If you have never seen a Mel Brooks film then treat yourself!
A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987)
A Holiday Tradition
During a season when we are treated to wonderful Christmas stories this one stands out. You don't have to be British to appreciate this first rate rendition of a famous story. It has been a regular feature on public TV for many seasons. If you have limited yourself to the customary holiday stories like "A Christmas Carol", "Miracle on 34th Street, "The Bishop's Wife" etc... add this to your collection.
I guarantee you will put it in your DVD player every year... perhaps throughout the year!
This has been my favorite Christmas story for years. Thanks to Denholm Elliott, the magnificent young boy who played Young Geraint and to author Dylan Thomas. And many thanks for the release of the DVD!
The Frisco Kid (1979)
Better Than Rye Bread
To paraphrase an old advertising slogan "You don't have to be Jewish to like Rosen's Rye bread"... you don't have to be Jewish to LOVE this movie! If "The Frisco Kid" doesn't make you laugh and feel on top of the world you're ready to be fitted for the box with the big lid on it.
Gene Wilder has always been one of my favorite actors. I believe this is his funniest role. I'll always cherish his performances in "Blazing Saddles", "Young Frankenstein", "Silver Steak" etc, but when I'm feeling a bit down I can count upon "The Frisco Kid" to lift me out of my doldrums.
Wilder and Harrison make a perfect duo.