“Rhapsody in Blue” is not only George Gershwin's most famous piece, it is also the name of the 1945 biographical film. I happened to be in a St. George, Utah hospital, getting a couple of days' worth of IVs for dehydration, when the flick came on just before midnight on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). As everyone knows, sleep doesn't necessarily occur in hospitals at night. Terrific movie; sad ending [spoiler alert: the hero dies]. Old movies are often fascinating things. You have to be able to handle the black & white format, to begin with. Then you have to favor plot over action. Some of the best include “Casablanca” (1942), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), “Stagecoach” (1939), and “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). Anyone who hasn't seen all these films has led an incomplete life. Let us not forget “From Here to Eternity” (1953), with eight Oscars. I rode my bike to see it in the theatre when it first came out, got home late, and got restricted for a month as a result, an ironically appropriate punishment for that great movie. But at least I wasn't held captive by Sgt. Fatso Judson (Ernest Borgnine). Watching old movies is time traveling made easy.
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