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Your Quintessential Guide to Classic Movies

The goldgen age of cinema was quite literally the best era of Hollywood. You may have heard of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, but have you watched any of their movie? It’s important to recognize their groundbreaking film roles and watch the evolution from black-and-white to technicolor films. Here is a list of classic films you’ll never get tired of watching, where the plot thickens and the characters leave you wanting more:

  • Psycho is a thrilling experience and none of the remakes could ever compare with this classic. Janet Leigh plays the role of Marion Crane, a secretary who impulsively steals $40,000 from her boss and runs away in hopes of reconnecting with her boyfriend Sam Loomis. After driving in heavy rain, Marion decides to stop at the Bates Motel to get some rest. She meets Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) at the check-in counter and the two begin to talk. And the rest is history…
  • How to Marry a Millionaire  stars Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe come up with a plan for all of them to marry wealthy men. The three girls manage to move into a beautiful New York City Penthouse and start hunting for the city’s most eligible bachelors. Eventually, they realize that all these rich men aren’t marriage material and the girls learn a lesson about love and money.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire is a film based on the theatrical production of Tennessee Williams. Marlon Brando plays the role of Stanley, Vivien Leigh plays the role of Blanche, and Kim Hunter plays Stella. Blanche moves out of Mississippi to go live with sister Stella and her husband Stanley. Blanche stirs up more trouble for this married couple as they are already working through their own issues. The household is being turned upside down.
  •  Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most famous musicals to this day. It stars Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood and Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden. This particular film is about the transition from silent films to “talkies” and how these actors will manage to sing for the first time.
Gabriela Gutierrez-Gallo is a senior at Florida International University, majoring in journalism with a minor in social media and e-marketing. Her true love is New York City and her interests include home decor, film and television history, traveling, and skincare.
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