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Older movies still have an audience among the young

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Not everyone enjoys older films, but those that do are able to appreciate and imagine life decades ago.

Junior Brenden Sells’ favorite old-time movie is “The Wizard of Oz.”

The sing-a-long comedic-drama, released in 1939, was based off the 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” written by Frank Baum.

This special film goes from painted black-and-white to bright, beautiful colors.

When a tornado hits the state of Kansas, the house along with Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, are swept away.

When Dorothy wakes up, she finds herself in the magical world of Oz. It is Dorothy’s mission to find the Wizard so that she can go home.

While following the yellow brick road, Dorothy meets a few friends — the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion. The four of them all need something from the Wizard, so they all work together to find him.

“I like it because of the singing,” Sells said. “And because, at the end, it turns out all the things they wanted, they already had.”

Sophomore Mallory Simms also enjoys watching old-time films, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Blue Hawaii.”

But her favorite is “White Christmas.”

“I love this movie because of the song and dance numbers they perform and because it is a simple, old-fashioned love story,” Simms said.

“White Christmas” was released in 1954 and has become a traditional holiday movie for many families.

This sing-a-long film is about two men who meet in the Army and become a successful song and dance team. The two men then become romantically involved with a sister act and have to team up to save the Vermont Inn.

“I don’t think younger kids would appreciate it as much, and it wouldn’t be able to hold their attention,” Mallory said. “But those that have an interest in musicals and dancing would enjoy this film.”

Freshman Hannah Simms said that her favorite old time movie is “To Kill a Mockingbird,” released in 1962.

The movie takes place at a segregated time in the south when a respected white lawyer, Atticus, takes the case defending a man in a fabricated rape between a black man and a white woman. The trial exposes Atticus’ children, Scout and Jem, to the reality of racism and stereotyping.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” won an Oscar for best writing and best art direction in 1963. Gregory Peck, who played Atticus, also won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role.

“I like the movie because the way the character Atticus is portrayed in the movie,” Hannah said. “We need more people like him in the world.”

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