October is all about reliving some of our fondest memories here at Lomography so to start off the month, we’re featuring five movies that remind us of our childhood!
“The Wizard of Oz”
Director: Victor Fleming
It’s a bit difficult to talk about this famous Judy Garland-starrer without stating the obvious. It’s one of the most successful movies in the history of film, it featured some of the most beloved characters ever, it’s widely referenced in pop culture, it’s included in numerous lists by the American Film Institute and other entities… the list of the movie’s achievements just goes on and on. Moreover, Fleming’s well-known adaptation remains impressive even with today’s standards with its elaborate makeup, costumes, and special effects.
“The Sound of Music”
Director: Robert Wise
“The Sound of Music” produced perhaps one of the most popular movie scenes ever: that of Julie Andrews’ character Maria von Trapp frolicking about on a hill while singing The Sound of Music. Even if one hasn’t seen the movie yet, he or she must have at least heard of the songs “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and of course, “Do-Re-Mi.” “The Sound of Music” is an important part not only of film but also of American history, as it had been selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in their National Film Registry as it is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” back in 2001.
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Director: Mel Stuart
The first film adaptation about a boy receiving one of the golden tickets to visit Willy Wonka’s world-famous chocolate factory turned out to be a failure in the box office when it was first released. It was, however, warmly received by critics and eventually grew into a cult favorite. Incidentally, the first three movies in this list were all musicals and adaptations of books (“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” by Maria von Trapp, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl). Peter Ostrum starred as Charlie Bucket – apparently his only film role – and Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
Director: Steven Spielberg
Touted as one of the greatest science fiction and highest-grossing films of all time, this Steven Spielberg classic starred young Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore as Elliott and his younger sister Gertie. Did you know that “E.T.” was said to have been based by Spielberg on an imaginary friend he created after his parents’ divorce? Two films in this list, namely “E.T.” and “The Wizard of Oz,” was included in the British Film Institute’s The 50 films you should see by the age of 14 released in 2005.
Director: Chris Columbus
This story of a mischievous kid accidentally left, well, home alone by his family who went overseas for the Christmas holiday and had to fend off burglars trying to get in to their home was, by 2009, the highest-grossing movie of all time. It stars Macauly Caulkin as eight-year old Kevin McCallister – possibly his most well-known performance. Three sequels were produced in the next few years, but the last three films featured a different storyline and cast from the first two.
Now, we know that there are a lot of childhood films that have been released through the years, which was why coming up with just five has been challenging! That’s why we want to know, what’s your favorite childhood movie? Share with us in the comments section below!
Like this article? Check out our articles from the Friday Movie Flashback series in the Lomography magazine!