Tuesday, 13 March 2012

An Oscar winning collection from Warner Brothers

Films are my great love and provide opportunity to totally immerse yourself in a visual journey.  I love all types of films from the black and white classics, musicals to horrors. I don't think I could live without a good movie.

Last week I received an Oscar winning collection of films from the lovely people at Warner Brothers and I have been spoilt with the contents:

An Oscar winning selection
Gone With The Wind is a masterpiece that stands the test of time. Celebrating its 70th anniversary it is a film epic combining period romance, saga and war. It is set in rural Georgia in 1861 just as the American Civil War is about to commence, it tells the tale of life, love, loss and war in an era of cotton plantations and unrest.

The film won 10 Academy Awards.  The immortal line "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn!" stems from this film when Rhett Butler tells the  fiesty Scarlett O'Hara he no longer cares for her and her selfish ways and caused a stir at the time of its release as profanities were unheard of in films (can't same the same now sadly)  I love this film and it carries you along and thoroughly entertains from start to finish.

An American In Paris is a visual journey that is listed as one of the American Film Institutes Top 100 American films.  Starring Gene Kelly (Who hasn't seen the great Singing In The Rain?) the dance sequences are incredible.  Winner of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture this film will not disappoint those that love their musicals.

Another classic film Doctor Zhivago is also included in my collection and is another film celebrating an anniversary - its 45th.  Directed by David Lean, Doctor Zhivago is a story of Russia torn apart by war and, like Gone With The Wind, tells of love through war.  Starring Omar Shariff it also won 5 Academy Awards and is now available for the first time on Blu-Ray.

The final film in the box was The Blindside which is a modern film starring Sandra Bullock based on a true story. The film is semi-biographical and follows the life of Michael who after spending most of his life in foster care has far from the best prospects until he meets Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock). An emotional and tear jerking film that is well worth watching.

An incredible set of films to add to any 'Bucket List of films to see'... oh and did I mention the rather tasty edible Oscars in the box?

My own chocolate Oscar
My thanks, as ever, go to Warner Brothers for their gift and for selecting an amazing collection of films.