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The Best Old Movies for Families by Ty Burr

The Best Old Movies for Families

by Ty Burr

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Burr, the film critic for The Boston Globe, does a great job listing movies from the golden age of cinema that kids of different ages will appreciate. He also has a good approach to introducing children to these movies. He suggests starting with comedies, and I agree with him. In fact, the day I bought the book I came home and put in Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush without telling the kids or inviting them to watch. Like a moth to flame, all four of our kids eventually drifted into the TV room to see what was on, and they all ended up watching most of it.

I like most of Burr’s film suggestions, and his comments on the films are very helpful. He gives little bits of trivia that might interest the kids (the shoe that Chaplin ate was made of licorice) and occasionally guides the reader to the best DVD version to buy.

If you like old movies and want your kids to like them, you need this book. And if you think you don’t like old movies and want to see what all the fuss is about, buy this book for yourself and pretend you’re young again. You won’t be disappointed. ( )
  nsenger | Nov 6, 2016 |
Burr provides a wonderful recommendation -- show your children good movies from the golden age of cinema, even if they're in black and white or show things that don't exist anymore.

He admits that his advice is slightly biased toward movies girls will like as he is the father of two girls, but he includes movies for all ages and all interest levels. ( )
  meganparenting | Mar 10, 2007 |
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If a child can watch Barney, can?t that same child also enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin or the Marx Brothers? And as they get older, wouldn?t they grow to like screwball comedies (His Girl Friday), women?s weepies (Imitation of Life), and westerns (The Searchers)? The answer is that they?ll follow because they?ll have learned that ?old? does not necessarily mean ?next channel, please.? Here 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. --Publisher.… (more)

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