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Readers of TGB have been quite diligent in coming up with additions to the ElderMovie List. There are eleven new ones this week, including one documentary and the list now numbers 86. The earliest are two from 1952 - Ikuru and Umberto D.

I’m tempted to say that having come up with such an impressive list, we cannot any longer complain about filmmakers ignoring elders. And those who do make movies about old people or include them as major characters do so realistically and without cheap jokes.

But counting from the 1950s, this list averages only a little more than 14 films per year and there is no telling how many others present elders as gratuitously goofy, demented and silly or stupid. Nevertheless, I am surprised and pleased with how many we have come up with.

Only a handful are unavailable on DVD or tape. If you are looking for any of those, try eBay or a Google search. My brother found a 1951 favorite of ours (not an ElderMovie), You Never Can Tell starring Dick Powell, from a private collector.

However did we get by in life before the internet? Or before video and DVD?

I’m currently reading Gore Vidal’s new memoir, Point to Point Navigation, and as he notes about going to the movies when he was a kid in Washington, D.C. in the 1930s, we saw movies only once in those days and perhaps we watched then with deeper concentration than now knowing that when the theater run was over, we would not see them again. And if we missed a movie in the theater, there wasn’t a second chance.

Even after the advent of television, for many years we could view movies only at the whim and on the timetable of a television station, and not our own. Today, we can find most of the films we want to look at, but I’m still waiting for the time when all movies are always available for instant download to our television sets or computers and we can do away with DVDs, Netflix and other hard copies.

Please continue to send along any other films you find – old and new - that fit the ElderMovie category. This is a valuable list you’ve all helped to create and it would please the librarian in my soul to keep it as complete and up to date as possible.


How about Dad, 1986, with Ted Danson, Jack Lemmon, and Olympia Dukakis?

Hello, Ronni,
I am not a fellow blogher, but ever since your brother introduced me to it quite some time ago, I often visit your blog. I think the list of elder movies was a very good idea, I know quite a few of those already listed, and watched a DVD a few days ago that would maybe deserve a place on it. It is an Argentinean-Spanish co-production, and its title in Spanish is “Conversaciones con Mamá”. It is available here in Switzerland in a Spanish version subtitled in French, and is a Zone 2 DVD, but I know it is available on Amazon.com in an Australian version that is probably Spanish subtitled in English, but in order to watch it in the USA, you would need a multi-zone player, as this edition is in Pal zone 4. The English title is “Conversations with Mother” it’s about a Mother and her 50 something old son. The main character is an 82 year old Argentinean actress, and it actually concerns two different generations of elder. You can also look it up on www.imdb.com.
All the best to you. Isabelle.

Oh, God! 1977

Well if you'll accept animation I nominate Hoodwinked

My wife and I are also interested in a copy of the 1951 Dick Powell movie 'You Never can Tell'. How do I get in touch with Ronni Bennett or the brother? Many thanks in advance.

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