This last talk about violent movies or not, and the considerations from our younger forum partner about it, made come out with this idea for a thread.
The films that we saw as a child and that for some reason we never forget. Back in my youth teens in the 80’s Portugal only had two television channels (no private channels no cable and colour only in the start/mid eighties, my parents still have the first colour TV they bought a Blaupunkt/) and both of them public, so without competition at all the film selection used to be very good, with very good choices mainly in the second channel (RTP 2) of more public service.
I also had the luck to sleep in the living room (younger brother) so direct access to TV when everybody was asleep.
This is not meant to be a pool, and the list is in no particular order, in my case for some reason I’ve never forgot this films after seing them as a child, because of a scene an actress whatever, I searched for then later when older and were the first one that I bought or tied to, when I started my VHS and DVD collection, some disappoint me when I saw them later, others are some of my favourite films.
Here it goes
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I was about 10 years old or something when I first saw it, I confess that must have sleep a little during it but I awake in time not to turn off the TV but to watch the final scene
The Shout (1978)
A menacing Alan Bates, John Hurt, and Susannah York was not strange to my youth fantasies
White Heat (1949)
Top of World, Ma!", if that scene can’t make an impression in a child nothing will do
In the Realm of the Senses (1975)
No need to explain why. A big scandal in Portugal at the time they shown it in TV with the Church and Politician’s all scandalize.
The Aerodrome (1983)
A British TV film directed by Giles Foster, whoever has seen it will understand why it can cause such an impact, I only saw it one time but never forget it.
Still a kid but saw it from the beginning to the end
Profumo di donna (1974)
What a film
Sergeant York (1941)
Will always remember this one
The Dogs of War (1980)
Chris Walken looked also truly menacing in this film, a great actor.
I was no mere than twelve when I saw it, of course even if knowing if I liked or not it stayed in my mind.
La caduta degli dei (1969)
Brrrrrrrr this one caused a real impact at the time.
The Day of the Locust (1975)
John Schlesinger masterpiece gave me some nightmares for quite a long time, one of the most disturbing films I ever saw.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
The watermill scene, and JR not being in Dallas, what’s this.
Eye of the Needle (1981)
Another one with D. Shuterland, my luck, when I saw Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the first time I was already a grown teen.
I don’t know why, but Rampling was on it so.
Point Blank (1967)
What can I say.
Le samouraï (1967)
Another film that can really impress a child
Knife in the Water (1962)
Watch it till the end, well over bedtime.
The question here it’s not if I liked the movies or not when I watch them for the first time, most of the times I was no more than 13/14 years old so didn’t have the sensibility or knowledge to have a taste already, that come later naturally, but for some reason those films were kept in my memory . I remember that when finally saw The Shout again as grown man, I was surprised how the hell did I watch it when I was a kid.
There a few one that I can not remember the titles, but those were the ones that really caused a impression after seeing them when I was a Child