POPCORN FRIDAYS: STEINBECK´S THE MOON IS DOWN

WHY POPCORN FRIDAYS

I believe that in times like the present, where the pressures of the pandemic, plus our general economic hardships, added to the lockdowns that still exist around the world, there is nothing better than making a bit of popcorn on a Friday night and watching an old… a very old movie.

It can be in black and white or color, although, I love black and white and mono sound movies. They bring your brain down to a level of simplicity in terms of “processing power”, that is hard to beat.

For a start, the monochrome picture is asking a lot less to decipher from your brain. A full blast color 7 channel surround movie will exacerbate your brain functions so as to deal with all that complex, multi-layered information. A B&W mono sound movie just floats in, and relaxes you, while still being entertaining. On top of that, the stories are from a reality that is not our own in this day and age, so as we watch, it will feel a lot more like one of those stories mom or dad used to read to us before we went to bed.

The end result, is utter satisfaction, relaxation, and the discovery that these stories turn out to have a lot more in common with our lives that we expected, albeit far from the technological wizardry, and imbued in certain innocence that seems so distant from of our contemporary daily lives.

So, I hope you enjoy these popcorn Fridays.

TODAY´S MOVIES

This time is a war time drama. A play by John Steinbeck which became a movie in 1943.

THE MOON IS DOWN by John Steinbeck is a wartime novella about a how occupying German soldiers in Norway learn that peaceful townspeople do not like being told what to do. Taken by surprise, a small coastal town is overrun by an invading army with little resistance. The town is important because it is a port that serves a large coal mine.

It Stars:  Cedric HardwickeHenry TraversLee J. Cobb. The movie was directed by Irvin Pichel. 

Enjoy!

Until next time!
Ignacio

©2021 by Ignacio Alperin Bruvera

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