Last night, I joined hundreds of other Washingtonian’s for Screen on the Green. Screen on the Green is an HBO-sponsored screening of a well known movie on the National Mall. Last night’s movie was “It Happened One Night”, the 1934 classic featuring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Surprisingly, I hadn’t seen it before — even with my mother’s love of old movies.
I’ve never quite understood the fascination some people (mom and my bestie K included) with old, black and white movies. Last night, though, as I lay on the National Mall with friends under a wonderfully cool sky and watched “It Happened One Night”, something happened to me. I was taken aback by how much I loved the movie. There was something about being transported through film to a simpler time that was so appealing. I realize that of course, for most of the worlds, things have never been so simple. But isn’t that why we go to the movies anyway? To escape to another place. And I did. While it may not have been reality, it sure was fun.