Reporter's Note: Films have been shown in the White House ever since 1915, and since the 1940’s there has been a built in theater for that purpose. So in the spirit of summer drive-ins, my regular letters to President Obama will have a cinematic flair for the next several Saturdays. So FADE IN: Oval Office…the President clicks on a website..
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
My younger daughter has embarked on a summer odyssey of watching a couple dozen of the greatest films ever made, and that has spurred some pretty fun family conversations about what ought to be on the list. So far we have already screened Cool Hand Luke, Miller’s Crossing, and The Shining. “Redrum! Redrum!”
Right now I think we have Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s lined up.
My wife, as you might expect from my previous letters, is pushing the more terrifying fare: Blue Velvet, Jaws, Night of the Living Dead, and the entire Silent Night/Deadly Night series (which, you’ll be pleased to know I’ve already told her does not qualify a “classic” filmdom). I’m heavy on the character shows: The Hustler, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tender Mercies. And we all agree on the epics: Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, The Godfathers I & II, but not III even on a rainy day.
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