The Golden Age of Hollywood enjoys the prestige of producing the magnum opus of classic cinema. This is not only attributed to the quality of acting and rawness of image quality, but also the brilliance of plots.
A lot of classic movies that have been uncontested favorite memories of the millennial generation have been inspired by classic literature. These classic movies have brought a visual representation of stories that the younger population has grown up listening and reading.
The impression of literature that can be found in classic black-and-white originals and Technicolor films constructively instills values among children through this medium. Here are all the movie titles you need to know for an educational and entertaining screen-time for your children.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)
This classic, produced in 1939, borrowed from L. Frank Baum’s book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Much like the novel which features a young girl named Dorothy who aspires to see a different world beyond Kansas; the movie too is based on her adventures to visit the Wizard Of Oz.
This movie was one of the first movies that marked the beginning of a new era in early Hollywood cinema. The Wizard of Oz (1939) pioneered the birth of colored films that were being screened for the first time.
The musical release is a bewitching rendition of the Technicolor version which vividly captures the yellow brick road, the Emerald City, the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy the heroine and her companions. The vivacity of colors and quality of images in this movie arrest the audience in an enchanting experience.
FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND (1957)
The Famous Five series is every child’s favorite. All fans of Enid Blyton religiously followed the weekly episodes of the matinee show produced by the Children’s Film Foundation. What could be better than watching a visual rendition of the Island adventures, treasure maps and fallen castles on the big screen?
This movie is based on Blyton’s 1942 novel by the same name. The film features the siblings Julian, Dick and Anne, who after failing to convince their mother to let them visit Polseath, settle for spending summer vacations at their Uncle Quentin’s. Along with their cousin George and her pet dog Timmy, the legendary Famous Five set on an adventure around Kirrin Island in search of the treasure.
These five are nothing short of classic heroes that every child back then dreamt about seeing in a movie!
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971)
Based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, this movie presented a set which became every child’s dream land. Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory satiates the fantasies of a young mind to see a world of chocolate. It is fair to say that none who watched failed to wish that they were in Charlie’s shoes! The 1971 musical film stars Gene Wilder who becomes the face of the mysterious factory owner: Willy Wonka. Generation after generation of young children has been enchanted by the movie which makes this story come to life. Meddling with one of Dahl’s novels is not an easy task because with the author’s vivid imageries and Quentin Blake’s fascinating illustrations, children can recognize the authenticity of characters in one glance. For them, it is an enthralling experience to find the tangerine-colored Oompa Loompas rowing in impeccable synchronization in the chocolate rivers. Anything that falls short of the standards of their imagination, wouldn’t have been as acclaimed as this classic.
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