Written by Eleanor
Yes, the movies are quite a few decades old, they are in Black and White but they are some of the most beautiful comedies I have ever seen. Witty dialogues, funny and peculiar coincidences, unexpected events, unconventional love stories, humorous conversations, naive characters and multiple misunderstandings, are some of the characteristics of these movies. In an era when kisses and nudity in the screen were still difficult to handle, the decades from 1930s to 1960s offered delightful (mainly romantic) comedies that still make us laugh with their innocence and wittiness. So, do not be prejudiced and claim that they are “old-fashioned” or “black ‘n white”, but instead choose one from this list and give it a try !
1)Some Like It Hot (1959)
I can say without a second thought that this is my favorite comedy ever made.. Billy Wilder, practically the master of comedies, creates quite a revolutionary film. Two musicians dress up as females in order to take a job in a female band and flee the state. Funny complications arise in their attempt to hide their male identity and behave like ‘ladies’, while one of them falls in love with one of the girls and the other one is being courted by a rich male.
2)Bringing Up Baby (1938)
This one is quite peculiar and extremely funny, with two of the most brilliant actors of all times: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. David has a stable job and a peaceful life but he meets Susan, a rich girl that is free spirited and careless. Together they will experience some adventurous days, they will steal a car, take care of a leopard named “Baby”, end up in a jail and eventually fall in love!
3)The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are here.. Again! In this movie, they are a divorced couple. They meet again because of the upcoming marriage of Tracy and everything comes up side down. Tracy will have to choose between her fiance, her ex-husband and a journalist.
4)It Happened One Night (1934)
Ellie is a spoiled rich girl who travels to New York in order to marry a guy that her father dislikes. Peter on the other hand is a reporter who needs a story in order to get back his position in a newspaper. Unexpected events lead them to a great adventure which will make them fall in love with each other. A fresh and delightful romantic comedy!
5) The Rules of The Game [original title: La Règle du Jeu] (1939)
Jean Renoir exposes the superficiality of the French bourgeoise in a comedy about love and flirting. A party will bring together husbands, wives, lovers, affairs, all of which will try to hide their true feelings. But their need to secure their status quo will not overcome their emotions..
6)Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
This hilarious comedy was actually made by a master in the drama genre, Ingmar Bergman. I know this came as a surprise but in his early period as a director, Bergman made some great comedies! This one involves witty dialogues, naive characters and peculiar love stories.
7)The Apartment (1960)
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An innocent and naive man, rent his apartment to his co-workers in order to get a better position in the company. But everything will change when he falls in love with the elevator girl. This naive and good-hearted man with his peculiar lifestyle will make you laugh, feel sorry for him and surely he will win your heart.