Over the last few weeks I’ve been spending my free time watching loads of old films.
This has been for two reasons; 1) I like to be able to quote classic films at dinner parties to make myself look cultured. And by ‘dinner parties’ I mean ‘tea in Wetherspoons with a pitcher of some sort of grotesque spirit and energy drink combo’. And 2) my little Nan gave me a bag of classic DVD’s that she’s been collecting from the paper every week for the last 20 years, and I’m scared she’s going to quiz me on them.
Anyway, I’ve realised that the characters from old movies and the actors that played them; the Mae Wests, Humphrey Bogarts, James Deans are ultimately, to use the technical term, so much cooler than the characters in modern movies. And here is why…
When you think of the golden era of Hollywood, you can’t help but think of the glamour of the time. Timeless beauties like Marilyn, Audrey and Ingrid took to the screen wearing outfits that women for decades to come would try to reproduce. The world didn’t have to wait for red-carpet events to see their favourite stars dolled up to the nines, the glamour was up there on the big screen.
A well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is for men, and there’s absolutely nothing sexier than a well-dressed man. Why do you think women used to do so much ‘swooning’ back then? The men would invariably be suited and booted – and even when they relaxed, they’d simply roll up their sleeves and loosen their ties, which inexplicably makes them look sexier still.
Which brings me onto my next point; braces are hot. This is a fact. We need to bring braces back.
Nothing was as quintessentially cool as smoking. The stars of Hollywood’s golden era; Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman would always be pictured with a cigarette between their fingers, portraying a devil-may-care attitude that solidified their status as some of the most iconic sex symbols of their time. Nowadays we know better, (did you know that the three men who held the role of the Marlboro Man eventually died of lung cancer?) and luckily there are electronic cigarettes from Vype for example and nicotine patches to help ween people off the habit. But, let’s face it, it doesn’t stop James Dean from looking any less sexy with a cigarette hanging from his beautiful mouth.
Since when did it become uncool for a man to go out of his way to ‘woo’ a woman? You only have to watch Jennifer Aniston in one of her RomCom’s stumbling (albeit adorably) through roadblock after roadblock of relationship politics to finally end up with her man. I say bring back the like of George Bailey who unashamedly told Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life, “What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” If you ask me, the world needs a bit more romance.
Until next time… x