Saturday, August 30, 2008

What's your earliest movie memory?

Let those among us who can never remember live off of yours vicariously.

37 comments:

kent said...

MOULIN ROUGE!

The film that made me fall hard for Kidman and Luhrmann, as well as cinema. I just turned eleven when it was released in 2001. I heard so much about it, I wanted to know what it was all about. It really was 'spectacular spectacular.' I still watch the two disc set I got when it had it's first DVD release, and still listen to the glorious soundtrack.

JPB said...

yo:
two favs:
my older sisters and I were home with the babysitter for the night. eVeryone thought I had gone to bed, so they started watching "Carrie." I creeped back downstairs (about 5 years old) right at the film's gruesome close - from then on I was hooked to watching movies way beyond my maturity level.
then, when I was about 8, my family rented "Braveheart." I remember my sisters got thrown out of the family room by my parents because they were laughing so hard at the warriors' bare asses getting bludgeoned with arrows. I, however, being a more composed viewer, got to stay. I didn't really like the movie, but I continue to brag to my sisters about getting to finish it, despite my relative youth.

Rick said...

My earliest movie memory is of Pinocchio. I believe we saw it a drive in theater when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I have a vivid memory of the scene where the bad boys were turned into donkeys and I remember being very afraid that the same thing would happen to me.

John T said...

Mine is of Lady and the Tramp, though I don't really remember it, per say, but I've been reminded of it thousands of times. We were watching Lady and the Tramp in the theaters (my first time in theaters, at age 3), and during the scene where Lady is being attacked by the rats, I got up in the middle of the theater and yelled, "I'll save you Lady!" I've been getting swept away by the movies ever since.

elgringo said...

The first movie I ever watched in a theatre was The Adventures of Milo & Otis.

I just remember how big everything was. The screen seems enormous to little ol' me. Hi, my name's Scott. I've been addicted to film since I was five years old.

Garen said...

I went to a birthday party when I was 4 to see The Little Mermaid in theaters, and I remember turning away from the screen because I was scared of Ursula. It's possible that I started crying / had to leave the theater, haha. But that was almost 20 years ago, and I was only 4, so lord knows if I remember.

Cluster Funk said...
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Cluster Funk said...

Mine is actually of 'Grease 2' (specifically the "Girl for All Seasons" sequence), which my sisters were obsessed with at the time. I was 4 or 5 years old.

Also vividly remember the Darth Vadar/Luke Skywalker face-off in 'Empire Strikes Back' as well as Luke's blood-curdling scream upon finding out Darth's his dad.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

my earliest movie memory is waddling into the living room late one night and seeing Vincent Price give Edward Scissorhands his Christmas present...

as for the theater, my aunt took me to see Nightmare Before Christmas, and I vividly remember my first impressions of the big climax with Oogie Boogie's bugs.

What the hell was with my family and Tim Burton?

Cass said...

The first film I remember seeing in theatres was The Lion King. I was four years old. My dad brought me to see it and I loved it. I distinctly remember being terrified at the hyeanas and the part in the elephant graveyard. I asked my dad to bring me again, so he did a few weeks later (thanks Dad!). I don't remember this part, but my dad always tells the story of after our second viewing, he leaned over and said "It's very sad when Mufasa dies, isn't it?". Apparently, my answer was, "Yeah that is sad. But what's sadder is the destruction of an entire civilisation because of one evil lion".

pikajew said...

I feel like an old lady reading all of these but my earliest memories of the movies are either going to see E.T. and watching the 80's re-release of Fantasia in the theater. Night on Bald Mountain had me so scared I had to leave the theater.

Anonymous said...

My parents thought it was safe to bring me along to a cheerful musical revival showing of "Oklahoma!" Hey, music, G-rated, down-home, old-timey, right?

Someone should have told them there was a fire in the movie. They had to carry me out screaming. I remember the terror of the fire. The payback for that was that I was never allowed to see any movie with any hint of violence in it (even ones other kids saw) for all my childhood years (except the ones I saw secretly on TV).

Sometimes when I read that Quentin Tarantino has the same birthday that I do, I think, if we have any similarities (which I'm skeptical about) it's being too susceptible to movie images. I did cry when I read Taratino's piece about how he was so moved by the tragedy of the stories of heroic animals who died that he saw when he was a child.

Kamila said...

Watching movies from a group of brazilian comediants called "Os Trapalhões"! Every kid, on the 80's, in Brazil, had their first movie experiences with their movies.

Here's my favorite scene from "Os Saltimbancos Trapalhões":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A85lIztoKAc

Agustin said...

Beauty and the Beast at the theater when I was 4. I remember I wasn't very impressed by it (!!).
But 3 years later, and some theatergoing experiences later, I fell in love with The Lion King.

Agustin said...

I just remembered that my first nonPG and subtitled movie I went to see at the theater was Mission Impossible. My mom had to call my dad to ask for permission, and when seeing the movie I was proud that I didn't have to ask my mom read any of the lines, while my twin brother asked several ones. I was 8.

Hayden said...

This will definitely show my age, but seeing The Lion King in a theater was mine.

caley said...

'Return of the Jedi'

My parents took me when I was about 3 and a half. My mother says she got dirty looks from other theatre-goers for bringing a kid my age to the movies, but that I was completely silent throughout (Well, except for the scenes with Jabba the Hutt, where I put my blanket over my head and went "Ohhh, Luke, look out!").

I can remember vividly, laying in bed that night, with the pillow over my head, imaginging I was riding a speederbike.

Bernardo S said...

Four Amazing Memories...(and one awful one)

1. Watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (and other Disney classics but mainly that one) with my grandma when she came over on weekends.

2. I'm not sure of which of these 2 happened first since both are from 1997. (I was 5) My family took me to see My Best Friend's Wedding and I had no idea of what was happening since my English was far from being excellent and my reading skills were even further from being able to read the subtitles and was very very bored haha. I asked my mother to read the subtitles to me but she said it was disrespectful to other audience members (I'm now glad she didn't since I know how annoying that is)

My Best Movie Memory. The first time I saw Titanic. Having a 7-yr old watch a subtitled 3hr long epic is no easy feat but it was amazing. I didn't understand the dialogues but I was dazzled by everything that was going on.

3. Moulin Rouge! in 2001 when I was 9 or 10. It'sthe most fun I've ever had in a movie theatre. Just as kent I have the first DVD release and have watched it at least 16 times... (the movie I've watched the most in my life)

4. :'(...Mars Attacks in 1996. (Age 4). we watched the trailers and thought it looked very funny. Apparently it is...but not for me. The grotesque aliens and comic-book violence made me cry in the theatre with terror. I had nightmares for over 2 years about them... I'm still unable to watch anything related with this movie.

I loved my mum for taking me to movies well beyond my years my whole life. People always stared at me when I walked into a B (equivalent to something like PG-12) at an early age and was definetely the youngest audience member. But this really made me create the greatest part of my life: My love for movies. Funny thing...when I was 8+ and people stared at me in theatres I probably knew much more about movies than them XD, or at least data. (I have a very very weird ability to remember Oscar nominees from every single year, years of release and my head probably houses 5-figure names of ppl in the biz)

susannah said...

My entire family - mom, uncles, and grandparents - going to see Superman in the theater in 1978. I was three. Am I ancient or what?

Anonymous said...

Sophie´s choice!!! Can U imagine my later life??? Always choosing... Meryl or Glenn, Spielberg or Tarantino, Capote or Infamous, mum or dad, gay or straight, answer this question or not... My life is a chooselife!!!

eric arvin said...

Seeing Altman's Popeye on a double bill with Bambi at a drive-in in southern Indiana.

Glenn said...

Dick Tracy. I was in love with the colours and I was in the early stages of my Madonna love and I was so stunned to see her on screen (!!!)

Brian said...

Being terrified by the witch in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Runs Like A Gay said...

I remember going to see a reissue of Snow White when I was about 5 and my grandparents were really worried about me being scared by the Evil Queen.

As it was she was my favourite bit and I didn't stop talking about her all the way home.

Funny that at 5 I had an obsession with evil queens.

17 Year Old Blogger said...

The Lion King. I was three years old and I saw it 4 times in theatres...

Wine-oh said...

I must echo the above with: Lion King.

On a school trip. With thirty other screaming six year olds. Dubbed in Hebrew. Good times.

To this day, I hear that theme, and my left eye starts twitching.

Although the film nearly got redeemed in my eyes a couple nights ago when the Daily Show did that lion king parody with Barack Obama as Simba. Heh.

Emma said...

I really can't remember any movies I saw before Toy Story, when I was 5. So maybe I didn't watch movies before then?!

NATHANIEL R said...

a lot of disney memories here... though i guess that's to be expected.

susannah & pikajew --all of this "i was 5 when ____ came out" is freaking me out as well..

i wish i could remember the first movie i saw in theaters. I don't.

I do have a couple of really vague mid 70s memories when I was wee. Usually involving Disney live action. I loved Escape to Witch Mountain (75) and I remember a plan to see The Strongest Man in the World (same year) which was one of those Kurt Russell disney things... but the weird thing is i don't remember seeing the movie, just remember the plan to see it.

late 70s I do remember stuff. Star Wars of course ...waiting in line for Superman (78), being obsessed with the twins in Return from Witch Mountain (78), Cloris Leachman breaking her nails in The North Avenue Irregulars (79) but that's the only part that I remember.

but that's all i got.

in the 80s the memories get much clearer and include lots of Disney reissues (including the Fantasia one pikajew talks about)

Anonymous said...

Superman.
My nana took us to see it in this magnificent old theatre in Parkes, small country town in Australia. Sadly the theatre is now a supermarket. Even though I was very young I remember having a crush on Christopher Reeves.

JVB said...

Robin Hood, the Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner (first movie without my parents) ans The Little Mermaid (First movie that had me thinking I might be gay - I Am!!)

daphne said...

Being embarassed in front of my parents and pretending to yawn as kate winslet and leo made out in Titanic.

Also, wondering why Cinderella was dancing on what looked like a watermelon during "So This Is Love".

Sammy Jo said...

Oh my God, I am sooo much older then everyone.

I am not sure which came first...but

1. Thomasina...at the Colony movie theatre...sitting in the balcony crying over that damn cat.

2. The Sound Of Music! My mother took all four kids and had to make reservations at the theatre in advance! We couldn't even get seats together. It was a phenomenon!

3. A Hard Days Night...this time it was the balcony of the State theatre were I feel head over heels in love with Ringo!

Pedro said...

I feel old :-(

My earliest memory is of two movies: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder) and the first Star Wars (I cannot remember which was first, but I assume it was Willy Wonka).

From Willy Wonka what made a great, lasting impression was the part where Augustus Gloop is sucked by the chocolate-processing pipes due to his gluttony (I was a fat child). From Star Wars, curiously, I remember almost everything, but specially Darth Vader. Both movie going experiences were in the 70's.

Peter Chan said...

I remember watching 'The Land Before Time' as my first movie. Both me and my sister cried our eyes out and our dad had to take us out of the theater to calm us down.

Glenn said...

One of my other very early memories was seeing Hook and getting incredibly sick during it and now I associate Hook with sickness. Quite apt, I think, considering how bad it is.

Peter said...

Benji: the Hunted. The less said, the better.

Jake Bensyd said...

I just had to finally comment on hear when I saw the name...North Avenue Irregulars....Wow! I hadnt thought of that movie in so long and it really brought me back...loved it...its one of my first VCR memory's As for the theatre....I think the earliest my earliest memory has to be Bambi...but I can remember Empire Strikes Back and Jaws 2 for some reason.