Another quarter is slowly coming to an end, which means one thing: it’s time for another Midnight Madness! To commemorate this quarter’s theme of Hollywood Madness, below is a brief list of great Hollywood films to prepare for the event on Friday, March 11 from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Bronco Student Center (BSC, Bldg. 35).
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
While this may be a totally basic first choice, there is no denying that Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of Audrey Hepburn’s greatest works despite the fact that the ending of the film drastically and annoyingly diverges from the ending of the book. But still, Hepburn’s performance as a lost soul running from her past with her no-name, orange cat is still pretty inspiring.
Some Like it Hot
Some Like it Hot follows two musicians who, after witnessing a murder by the hands of the mafia, disguise themselves as women and jump a train to Florida. The two join an all-girl band fronted by Marilyn Monroe’s Sugar, who dreams of marrying rich. The generic narrative of “man disguises self as woman but falls for woman under his false pretense” is classic at best.
In classic old Hollywood manner, Casablanca follows the tale of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine, whose hardened and bitter demeanor resulting from the love that got away, is set alongside the always complicated backdrop of Nazi resistance. The film’s ending theme of sacrificed love is definitely one for the books of classic romance films.
His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday follows Cary Grant’s Walter Burns, a New York City newspaper editor who attempts to prevent ex-wife and fellow investigative reporter Hildy Johnson from settling down with an insurance agent and the ultimate life of domesticity. Burns assigns a reluctant Johnson to one last piece to cover the execution of a convicted murderer. The rapid dialogue conjures up the warm and fuzzy feelings that make old Hollywood films great.
Chinatown, a quintessential example of old Hollywood noir, follows Jack Nicholson’s Jake Gittes, a private eye detective and ex-cop who accidentally stumbles upon corruption within the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. What follows is a series of complicated and demented story lines that ultimately result in an unforeseen ending. Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.
And don’t forget to join us for Hollywood Madness on Friday, March 11 from 10 p.m. to midnight in the BSC!