Lavender Hill Mob
When I was lot younger, back in the dark ages, before the arrival of video or DVD (Remember that? How did we manage?), the two films that you mentioned, and many other classics (As we now know them to be) were regulars on television. Even during my 'formative years', I loved these films.
It's a pity that now, with the advent of video, DVD or video games, kids probably have too many 'modern' distractions. Too many choices. Many kids would probably not consider sitting down to watch a fifty year old film, in which the pleasures are perhaps a little simpler, and possibly rather more innocent than what is on offer to them today. I know that's possibly a broad generalisation, since not all kids are the same, but alas, it would appear to be true for many.
In the pre-video days, I had to make do with whatever the three UK TV networks broadcast. I didn't have 100 or 200 channels to choose from. Looking back, I'm glad that I had a limited choice. Imagine what I might have missed!
Kenneth More, (One of the actors in Genevieve), is also the star of 'Reach For The Sky'. If you ever get the chance, it's worth a viewing. It's based on the extraodinary true story of a WW2 RAF fighter pilot named Douglas Bader.
Bader was a squadron commander, a fighter ace, and a war hero. That perhaps would be a remarkable story in itself, but the factor that takes this story into the relms of extraordinary, is that Bader lost his legs in an accident, several years before the war.
However, he possessed remarkable determination, and following the outbreak of war, he persuaded the RAF to allow him to leave his desk job, and return to the skies. I could tell you more, but I wouldn't wish to spoil the film for anyone!
It's been a while since I saw the film, but it's still one of the roles that Kenneth More is remembered for. Perhaps to someone first viewing the film now in the year 2003, it may seem a little dated. However I think that Bader's story, is still worthy of an hour or two of anybody's time. It certainly puts our own little problems and difficulties into perspective.
Reach for the Sky