Who doesn’t love a good movie night? Kick your feet up, turn down the lights and disappear into a world of glamour. I adore vintage glamour. The kind people would admire on the silver screen back in the days. Men in sharp suits wearing hats, women with gorgeous hair and fabulous dresses. I love to get lost in vintage movies, and get overwhelmed by a pleasant feeling of historical nostalgia.
There are so many, many famous movies perfect for a vintage movie night: “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean or Marlon Brando acting tough in “The Wild One”. And utterly amazing movies and shows that were inspired by the fifties and sixties: “Mad Men”, “Happy Days” and yes, “Grease”. Who doesn’t love Grease?
Today, I’m sharing some of my favourite vintage movies, that always make me feel good. As I was writing this, I realized I could go on for hours talking about the movies that have a special place in my heart. So I decided to break it up into a little series. First up: 1960s New York!
Who can resist The Big Apple in the 50s and 60s, really? I know I can’t! These two feel-good movies are perfect for a fun vintage movie night:
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
An adorable comedy starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. The movie tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Corie, who are starting their life together in a teeny-tiny fith-floor apartment in Greenwhich Village. Of course everybody stopping by at their new place has to complain about the huge number of steps in the building. We watch a spontaneous dame try to turn her brand new, rather shabby apartment into the dream-home she’s always wished for, and start off the rest of her life with her cautious and predictable new husband.
This movie has it all: romance, innocent fifties humor, pretty dresses, super cute updos, an out of control party, dramatic fights, a dangerous roof-top scene, unannounced house-guests and of course New York in the 60s. The story takes place mostly in the teeny-tiny apartment, but it amazes me how it doesn’t get less interesting for a single second. I don’t own this movie, but I’m telling you, I really wish I did! I would watch it a million times more.
Favourite quote: “Six days does not a week make!”
Release date: May 25th, 1967
Running time: 106 minutes
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
You must have heard about this one, but I couldn’t leave it out of my 1960s New York vintage movie night. A wonderful comedy starring Audrey Hepburn. We’re getting a peek into the life of the naïve Holly Golightly who’s trying to leave the past behind, living the New York high-life (there’s that lovely town again). She makes her living delivering “the weather report” for a mobster in jail, while drowning her occasional ‘mean reds’ staring into the window of Tiffany’s. She knows the list of the “richest men in America under 50” by heart and knows exactly who to invite to her parties to get friendly with. When Holly meets her new neighbour Paul, who she insists on calling Fred because he reminds her of her younger brother, she discovers that the key to happiness might actually not be marrying the richest man in the world.
This movie has a lot of the same ingredients as “Barefoot in the Park”. Of course there’s romance and the same type of humour. Ms. Hepburn wears gorgeous outfits and obviously her iconic updo. There’s even an uninvited house-guest, because apparently that’s a thing in fifties and sixties movies. No 60s socialite movie can do without a good out of control party and I love it when Holly and Paul are running around New York doing random things they’ve never done before. Plus, there’s something very soothing about Holly singing “Moon River”, sitting on her windowsill. This movie always makes me smile.
Favourite quote: “It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”
Release date: October 5th, 1961
Running time: 114 minutes
Suggested snacks and drinks
No movie night is complete with the right snacks and beverages. Not only do you want something to nibble on, but the right refreshments and goodies also set the scene. For these movies I’d suggest lots of sweet stuff and things you can get in New York food carts!
A big bowl of sweet popcorn and cinnamon rolls. We can’t ignore Audrey Hepburn’s iconic opening scene, enjoying pastry in front of the Tiffany’s window. Are you not a big fan of sugary goodness? Try a large pretzel or a bag of teeny tiny pretzels to get in the New York mood.
Did you know Audrey Hepburn actually hated Danish pastries? I can only hope she got the opening scene down in one take…
Aside from something delicious to eat, up your movie-night-game with a perfect drink. Treat yourself to a Shirley Temple or indulge yourself with a TGATD original: the Cranberry Pearl! Are you in the mood to shake it up? Enjoy a huge Cappuccino Milkshake!
Now turn down the lights, kick your paws up and enjoy your 1960s New York movie night!
Hey Doll, how come this post’s featured image is illustrated all of a sudden?
I’ve wanted to learn how to illustrate for a long time, so I finally picked up my Bamboo pen and went for it! Because obviously, I didn’t have enough going on besides the shop, our blog, playing my ukulele, sewing, sipping cocktails, and being social every now and then.
This was my first little project and I’m really curious to hear what you guys think.
Let me know in the comments!