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    Default What was the FIRST film you watched?

    Can you remember back that far? What was it, and what kind of impression did it make? At the pictures or on TV? Have you seen it since and formed a different impression?

    My memories are increasingly hazy, so I'm not sure which of the first few movies I saw was actually the first, but I think it was The Wizard of Oz (NOT the first time around!) when I was about 4 or 5. I went with my big sister and her best friend. I expect they were cross, as I was scared by the witch and the flying monkeys and it subsequently gave me nightmares.

    The next few included Dumbo, Help! and Mary Poppins all of which I loved. Back in the good old days, movies would do the rounds more than once, so I don't remember whether I saw the last two on first release, but I'm fairly sure they were. Whatever, I was hooked on going to the pictures, and enjoyed going to see Zulu, Khartoum and Billion Dollar Brain with my big brother when I was about 8 or 9 and envied him when he told me about Fantastic Voyage which he didn't take me to see! The first film I cried at because it was sad was Old Yeller ​- my middle sister and I both recall blubbing!

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    I grew up with TV. I think it was all of those old Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and similar black and white movies.

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    Fantasia, at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. I was taken to this by my grandmother when I was 4 or 5 years old.
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    As a kid you perceive things differently, with more imagination. That fantastic feeling will never come back. I don't remember the first one, but some early ones I do remember:

    The Goonies, at a kid's party at age 5 or so. It gave me nightmares. LOL. Guess my delicate soul wasn't ready for it yet.

    The Bear (documentary). I remember watching it in cinema and it made a very strong impression.

    And a little later: Jurassic Park. Made a huge impact. It was friggin awesome as I loved dinosaurs.

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    I don't know about TV - but at the pictures:



    "One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing" when I was four or five.

    I don't remember it now, but I remember that I remember that being the first.

    The first stunner, and the one I can still remember experiencing like it was yesterday, was seeing Star Wars on its original run as a seven or eight year old.

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    My mother took me to see 'Bloodsport' for my 8th birthday. Conclusion: my mother is not to be trusted with children.

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    The first movie I remember (and I remember it well!) was "The Thing from Another World," AKA "The Thing," starring James Arness of Gunsmoke fame as the monster, ca 1952. I went with my brother and sister, the smallest of the three. I was so scared that I left the theater and got lost, and then I was more scared than ever. On seeing this today, there are still two or three quite scary scenes...
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    I can't remember which was my first film seen but my childhood was taken-up with watching them...& in particular the good old'uns!
    And I used to love watching such things as George Formby and Gracie Fields, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on a Sunday afternoon. Anything that informed me further of the history of the Cinema...'foreign films' as they were referred-to then, in particular. As a family, there was little money to spare for cinema-going but very occasionally my Mum would announce to my brother and I out-of-the-blue, that 'we were going to the Pictures' and one film stuck in my mind in particular as a result of one of these excursions...'Moby Dick' starring Gregory Peck.

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    My mom says it was the Lion King. That's the first "real" film I saw, besides all the barney and dinosaur videos I watched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    As a kid you perceive things differently, with more imagination. That fantastic feeling will never come back.
    Agree absolutely. Watching movies at that age transports you to such a real world! Alas, you're right that whatever pleasures the adult world brings, it's not that anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The first movie I remember (and I remember it well!) was "The Thing from Another World," AKA "The Thing," starring James Arness of Gunsmoke fame as the monster, ca 1952. I went with my brother and sister, the smallest of the three. I was so scared that I left the theater and got lost, and then I was more scared than ever. On seeing this today, there are still two or three quite scary scenes...
    So it's not just modern parents who lose the plot when deciding what their children should watch!

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    I can't remember the first film ever - there were so many on television. I have memories of the ones that were repeated a lot, of course - 'It's a Wonderful Life' with James Stewart, 'Stagecoach' with John Wayne, and something with Sonja Henie in - I've just googled it, it was 'The Countess of Monte Cristo' - in which to pass herself off as the countess at a ball, she makes the floor-length curtains in her (unpaid for) hotel room into a ball gown. Neat trick!

    At the cinema, one of my first memories is being taken by my older sister (I was six; she fourteen) to see 'Oklahoma'. You got value for money in those days, so we sat through the B film first, and I became very restive and naughty, and my sister reported me to Mum afterwards. But I remember a scene with a floating veil from 'Oklahoma', and of course for months afterwards I drove the family nuts by singing 'There's a bright golden haze on the meadow' eleven times every day.
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    Bedknobs and Broomsticks...projected on the wall of the local library (we didn't have a cinema).
    In fairness, the stucco wall probably improved Angela Lansbury's complexion.

    Witchcraft...Nazis....the usual Disney fare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    I grew up with TV. I think it was all of those old Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and similar black and white movies.
    Me too. But I do remember one I saw on TV which disturbed me as a little kid, an old movie called Scared To Death. IMDb says, "From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a blue mask." I'd like to see it again, now that I'm older, because it's probably laughably awful. But it scared me as a little kid; I still remember a couple scenes.
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    Some early memorable films: Houdini, w. Tony Curtis; Old Yeller, w. Fess Parker; The Searchers, w. John Wayne; The Silent World (Documentary), w. Jacques Cousteau.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samurai View Post
    Fantasia, at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. I was taken to this by my grandmother when I was 4 or 5 years old.
    Same here - although it wasn't your grandmother who took me. It was in a fishing village in the Kingdom of Fife and I clearly remember the cold and driving rain falling from the night sky as we waited in the queue. Inside was a different world and the music and visuals transported me in a way I'd never been before.
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