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Gentle Viewing Part 1

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

There's no doubt that we here at Movie Maniacs can lean towards grittier fare—our murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, monsters, mutants and miscreants.

A co-worker made a great suggestion—how about some gentle viewing for people who want to avoid the language, the violence, the sex and the mayhem and just want a really good movie to watch. One usually thinks of the Classics for such fare, but there really is a lot from which to choose. Here are a few to start you off:Pride and Prejudice

Period Pieces: Versatile Emma Thompson is a good bet in any of these three: The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility and Howard's End.

You can't go wrong with Pride and Prejudice. We have three from which to choose- the tremendous mini series with Colin Firth , before North American audiences really knew who he was; the excellent classic with Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson- an absolute charmer; and the 2005 release with Keira Knightley. Why not watch all three and compare?

Rear WindowClassic Hitchcock: Murder, but not bloody or violent, just Hitchcock at his suspenseful best. Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and Witness for the Prosecution.

Bogart and Adventure: African Queen, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Casablanca, Caine Mutiny

Capers: The Sting

All of the movies are either Oscar winners or nominees and well worth your two hours; Colin Firth and company cleaned up on the Emmies that year. With the single exception of Keira K's P&P, I rate everyone of these in my top 50. Thanks for the suggestion Dawn!

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