Films on Friday


Now that the world has plunged into the second Friday of December, it's time to accept that it's no longer practical to keep the grill out.  Instead, maybe we should all concede that it's time to order pizza and cuddle on the sofa and watch a movie.  Movies are a big part of the American Treasure Tour - we have posters throughout the Music Room.  We even have a modest collection of videocassettes on display in the Toy Box.  One of the videos represented is the classic 1961 courtroom drama Judgement at Nuremberg starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, and a who's who of the cinematic world of the time. The film is a fictionalized telling of some of the 1947 trials of Germans who did horrible things to civilians during World War II.  Now, we're not pretending this is a light-hearted family film - it's most definitely not.  But it is an important film, such that it was added to the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 

So, if you're looking for lighthearted, we might recommend other Spencer Tracy films, maybe 1949's Adam's Rib opposite Katherine Hepburn, or Father of the Bride from 1950. But if you're looking for important, challenging and thought provoking, Judgement at Nuremberg is definitely worth the time - all three hours of it.