Guest Author - Amber Grey
Summer is over. And the weather is starting to turn cold. The leaves are changing and chances are, we want to stay in more than we want to go outside. Why not sit down and watch one of the films on our Top 5 Classic Fall Movies list? Some of them may even seem chillier than the weather.
1. "Ordinary People" (1980). The film stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch and Timothy Hutton. This drama explores the shattered life of the Jarretts' family as they cope and try to move on after the death of their teenage son, while their other son attempts suicide. It is not a light-hearted film, but a gritty one, brilliantly executing the themings of grief and how it affects family life. This was the directorial debut of actor Robert Redford, filming it with a budget of just $6 million dollars. Both audiences and critics loved it while being nominated for six Academy Awards and won four of those nominations including Redford for Best Director and Best Picture.
2. "The Trouble with Harry" (1955). One of Alfred Hitchcock's lesser-mentioned films, "The Trouble With Harry" stars John Forsythe and Edmund Gwenn. The film also features Shirley MaClaine and Jerry Mathers co-starring in their first film roles. The film is set in a quiet village in autumn of Vermont when a fres corpse is found on a hillside. It is the body of Harry Worp. Hilarity ensues when three of the townspeople believe that they themselves may have killed Harry by accident but do not want the evidence to come to light with the police.
3. "Hanna and Her Sisters" (1986). From director-writer Woody Allen, this film is told through three simultaneous story lines where all of them are connected to Hannah. It shows the dramatic, sometimes comedic changes that happen in their lives in a year where the film begins and ends on Thanksgiving. This film is perfect to watch since Thanksgiving and the holidays are just around the corner.
4. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (1966). Starring Richard Burton and the late Elizabeth Taylor, this film is based off of the (Tony Award-winning play) by Edward Albee. Set in the autumn of New England, Burton and Taylor star as associate history Professor, George (Burton) and his wife, Martha (Taylor), who share a volatile and alcoholic-induced marriage. The film takes place in one the early hours of a Sunday morning when they have to entertain a young couple that Martha has invited over after meeting them at her father's party. But as the alcohol flows and the skeletons come out of the closet, every minute becomes more and more disturbing.
5. "Autumn Sonata" (1978). Directed by Ingmar Bergman, this film stars Ingrid Bergman in the final film of her career. She portrays "Charlotte Andergast", a concert pianist who decides she wants to make amends with her daughters, whom she has not seen in years. However, when Charlotte visits them she realizes how much of her parental neglect and abandonment have affected her daughters.