Age in the Movies
Murder She Said: Agatha Christie : 1961
Starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.
I can hear you now… Margaret who???? Ah yes , well Margaret Rutherford began her movie career in 1936! My brother was born in 1939… and he loved Margaret Rutherford movies!
Although she became most famous for her Agatha Christie movie Margaret Rutherford actually was in 56 movies!
I find myself wondering why more young people don’t watch Turner Classic Movies… They certainly would be movies never seen by most of them with all “new” actors and actresses to discover.
I also have noticed (for many years now) how the British don’t “banish” their elderly actors but use them for as long as they are willing to work. I think some of that is because the British have more love for the theater than Americans do. Therefore they don’t feel “banished” from acting when they are not in front of a camera. They simply go on stage!
Strangely enough I recently saw an interview with Maggie Smith (who rarely does interviews) she was talking about her latest movie. She was asked why she didn’t do more in America and she said: “I scare America. America doesn’t do old”. .. and she’s right. It’s a sad thing but I find it to be true. Americans don’t honor their elderly. They don’t even seem to like them very much. And the elderly (who can afford it) try to look young again, so that they are accepted.
And yet.. even before I found myself in the position of being “old”, I had found that I really enjoyed movies that had “old people” in them. Those movies always had a really good story. It’s true there weren’t a lot of chase scenes or special effects.. but the stories are always outstanding… always.
I hope I don’t feel this way because I have become old. I don’t think that is it… I think as far as movies go… that America just doesn’t get it. … and that makes me sad. I wish more people would watch the “old movies”. They would get to see great acting and fantastic stories that, although they are old, would be new to them.
Why don’t you try it sometime? You might enjoy it!