September 23rd, 2011
10:55 AM ET
Today’s the first day of fall, and there’s something about this season that makes you feel nostalgic. Maybe it’s the falling leaves, the cooler weather or the chance to wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt. Whatever the reason, autumn has the mysterious ability to conjure memories of the past, and so do movies.
Have you ever watched "The Godfather" and swore you could smell Clemenza’s gravy cooking on the stovetop? Does watching "Rocky" during this time of year make you crave Thanksgiving turkey? Adrian’s bird looked pretty tasty before Paulie went ape-s-- and ruined it. It’s clear that movies can tap into our senses.
I’m sure everyone has favorite films that, for personal reasons, remind you of fond memories. This week’s list is devoted to movies that make you feel nostalgic and the classics that take you back in time. Tell us what movies make you nostalgic and why - here are my favorites:
1. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939): “There’s no place like home.” – Dorothy (It’s impossible to not get swept away when Dorothy sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.")
2. "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980): “No. Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda ("Empire" was the first film I ever saw in a movie theater when I was 3 years old…suffice it to say, the cinematic experience left a lasting impression.)
3. "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985): “I am Chiun…master of Sinanju.” – Chiun (I discovered this cult classic while playing hooky from Rosh Hashanah services one year. It’s now an annual holiday tradition right next to dipping apples in honey.)
4. "Avalon" (1990): "You cut the turkey without me!?!?" – Gabriel Krichinsky (Thanks to Barry Levinson's family portrait, no holiday is complete in my family without someone performing a variation of this line.)
5. "Manhattan" (1979): “Corn beef should not be blue.” – Isaac David (All of Woody Allen’s films have a touch of nostalgia because they sift through significant moments of characters’ relationships, but "Manhattan" tops them all with an opening scored by Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Plus, the images of NYC completely in black and white are simply beautiful.)
"Back to the Future" (1985): “Time circuits on. Flux Capacitor…fluxing. Engine running. All right!” – Marty McFly (Aside from the fact that this film juxtaposes the cultural differences between '80s and '50s America, there’s no doubt that this classic is at the top of the time travel movie genre.)
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