The Hollywood Lessons (5)
Are you kidding me—the complete collection going all the way back to Chaplin’s silent films, free of charge, and VCR-equipped seat? Right then and there, I decided that my undeclared, not-for-credit minor would be the Master of Fine Art in Film.
In a short period of time, I had raided the whole shelf, and revisited several of my favorites whenever I felt like it. Rolling her eyes, the librarian must have thought that I probably had never seen a movie in my life before and, all of a sudden, had gone wild, like a poor kid stumble on a cookie jar.
Seeing the classics in original soundtrack—and uncensored—was a fresh experience for me. Despite of their detachment from the contemporary life, the classics were ideal to improve my listening comprehension. Usually, the dialogue exchanges at a slower pace, and the plot is relatively straightforward, thus making it quite easy to follow. Being able to understand the major part of the movie boosted my confidence. And self-confidence was what I needed badly then.
As I’m thinking back of the time when I sat in a corner of the library, wearing a headphone and staring at TV screen, I can still be hearing these voices more than a decade later:
Princess Ann: “I have every faith in it as I have faith in relations between people.”
Joe Bradley: “We believe that your Highness' faith will not be unjustified.”
--Roman Holiday (1953)
Ilsa: “Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake”
Rick: “Here's looking at you, kid.”
For old times' sake.