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5 Classic Movies to Watch with your Kids this Weekend

They are old. They might even be black and white. But they are great stories. Some of them might be from books, some of them might be original scripts, but they are all treasures in their own right.

I was going to start this post saying ‘everybody likes movies’, but that is not actually true. My husband can’t sit through a movie without checking his phone, and his phone gets most of his attention. Or he falls asleep.

And some people like movies but can’t follow the plot. I had a friend who would tell me about a movie and, when I went to see it myself, realized that he hadn’t understood the plot. As an example, for The Book of Eli (2010), he failed to notice that Denzel Washington’s character was blind.

Now, with movies, like with books, it takes a habit to understand them, I would even say training. I’d love to get my husband reading, but he can’t get into books, mostly because he hasn’t created a habit. The more you read, the easier it is to escape into the books, and the more you watch movies, the easier it is to grasp their concepts, which is why it’s good to get your kids both reading and watching movies early on. In the world we live in, information is mostly transmitted via audiovisual media. It is important for us to be able to watch attentively to grasp the information we need. What better way to improve that than watching something entertaining to start with?

But why classics, you might ask. With the absence of computers and fancy special effects, storytelling had to pull the whole weight of a movie. Here are my favourites.

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Miracle In 34th Street

I know, it’s not Christmas anymore, but this is such a fantastic movie. I am also choosing the 1947 version because I like the resolution better. I feel it is more emotional that all the kids in the world saved Santa than that one girl with her $1 bill. Also, they had to bring God into it… No thanks.

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The Sound of Music

A great movie for the little ones to learn about music and, even, of a terrible period of European history.

Also, a time when Julie Andrews could still sing. Some of this songs are known to all but not all know where they came from.

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Star Wars: A New Hope

So much Star Wars around these days. You can’t blame Disney for capitalising on it. But this is yet another case of learning where it all started.

In case of doubt, we’re Star Wars people in our house.

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The Princess Bride

So popular I am surprised there hasn’t been a remake, except if you count Deadpool’s PG 13 version as a remake, of course. (If you don’t know what I am talking about, see here.)

What I love particularly about this story is that the boy really doesn’t want to hear a love story, but then loves it. Stories are for everybody, people.

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The Wizard of Oz

While the story has been revisited several times, somehow, a proper remake hasn’t been done.

The movie was in black and white, but was later coloured, which is great. And who doesn’t want to hear Judy Garland sing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ one more time?

Don’t get me wrong, I love modern movies and special effects and everything that comes with it. Avengers have some pretty spectacular, emotional scenes, as much as any other movie, but there is a lot we can learn from times when storytelling was made more complex because of the lack of modern technology. On top of that, they’re great movies with great acting and terrific songs!

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