WHY POPCORN FRIDAYS
I believe that at times like the present, where the pandemic related pains haunt us, there may be nothing better to do on a Friday evening than making a bit of popcorn and watching an 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.
This time it is in color. A Franco-British movie with an European cast.
THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY (1952) is a crime drama film, based on the 1938 novel by acclaimed mystery and suspense French writer, Georges Simenon and directed by Harold French.
It has an all-European cast, including Claude Rains in the lead role of Kees Popinga, the man watching the trains who is infatuated with Michele Rozier (Märta Torén). The film was later released in the United States in 1953 under the title The Paris Express (so you may have seen it before under that title).
Until next time!
©2021 by Ignacio Alperin Bruvera