Vintage Violet

March 10, 2008

My top 10 favorite “vintage” movies

Filed under: From Me — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 5:30 pm
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I’ve been watching a lot lately. Movies are so important, because they document style and culture. Like vintage clothing, the good ones are timeless.

10. Grease (1978): Poodle skirts, Australians, T-Birds, and a skinny John Travolta. One of my favorite outfits of all time is Sandy after her makeover in black tights, an off the shoulder top, and red pumps. My mom bought the exact same shoes in the 70s. I stole them but they’re too high to walk in, which makes me appreciate Olivia Newton-John’s dancing so much more.

9. A Christmas Story (1983): I think anyone can recite the movie thanks to 24 hours of it on TBS every Christmas. No matter how many times I watch it I still laugh when Randy can’t put his arms down due to abundance of winter apparel.

8. Uncle Buck (1989): When John Candy (Buck) takes his golf clubs out of his trunk and starts nailing balls at Bug…hysterical.

7. My Fair Lady (1964): Audrey Hepburn manages to be chic even when she is a poor cockney English flower girl. Definitely the first time I fell for an English accent. What I would do to wear that enormous black and white hat draped with feathers and fair lady

6. Annie Hall (1977): Even though I hate Woody Allen, I love Diane Keaton in this movie. She (and Yves saint Laurent) made it cool for women to wear suits. For that reason, I will always love this movie.

5. Back to the Future II (1989): I know it’s not really that old, but it’s a fantastic movie. Fashion in this movie spans from back in the 50s forward to a guess as to what 2015 fashion will be. Well we’re only 7 years away and even though my brother swears hoverboards exist, I still haven’t seen one, nor have I seen a mechanically fitting leather jacket, but I would definitely rock McFly’s Nikes.


4. Rocky IV (1985): Rocky vs. Communism. Who says Hollywood doesn’t use propaganda? I still want that damn robot Rocky gives Paulie.

3. The Philadelphia Story (1940): Before Katherine Heigl, there was Katherine Hepburn. Before George Clooney, there was Cary Grant. Everything from a drunk Jimmy Stewart to Tracy Lord’s gown-like bathing suit cover, this movie is great.

Tracy Lord

2. All the President’s Men (1976): I’m a journalist…enough said.

1. Vertigo (1958): My first and favorite Hitchcock thriller of all time. This movie is so raw. I would do anything for Kim Novak’s wardrobe, especially that black dress at the end. The color and music in the movie is ahead of its time, in terms of 60s acid like daze. But poor James Stewart, he doesn’t even get the girl when she really loves him.


Photographs courtesy of Alternative Film Guide, Collider, Frozen Joes Hoverboard Movement, George Hernandez, and Buttercups and Ravenwood.


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