If a child can watch Barney, canâ€™t that same child also enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin or the Marx Brothers? And as they get older, wouldnâ€™t they grow to like screwball comedies (His Girl Friday), womenâ€™s weepies (Imitation of Life), and westerns (The Searchers)? The answer is that theyâ€™ll follow because theyâ€™ll have learned that â€śoldâ€ť does not necessarily mean â€śnext channel, please.â€ťHere is an impassioned and eminently readable guide that introduces the delights of the golden age of movies. Ty Burr has come up with a winning prescription for children brought up on Hollywood junk food. FOR THE LITTLE ONES (Ages 3â€”6): Fast-paced movies that are simple without being unsophisticated, plainspoken without being dumbed down. Singinâ€™ in the Rain and Bringing Up Baby are perfect.FOR THE ONES IN BETWEEN (Ages 7â€”12): â€śKiller stories,â€ť placing easily grasped characters in situations that start simply and then throw curveballs. The African Queen and Some Like It Hot do the job well.FOR THE OLDER ONES (Ages 13+): Burr recommends relating old movies to teensâ€™ contemporary favorites: without Hitchcock, there could be no The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, without Brando, no Johnny Depp.
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