Poster from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

Poster from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

As an avid film lover‚Äìbut less moviegoer lately, due to the minimization of leisure time‚ÄìI cannot help but acknowledge that it’s a kind of bequest that stems straight from my childhood. My parents themselves were particularly fond of the big screen, so they willingly enriched our out-of-school curriculum with some exciting and entertaining choices during the weekends.

The first and most memorable movie experience ever was watching the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, by Steven Spielberg (1982). My sister and I were deeply touched by the benevolent alien’s wanderings on planet Earth. Of course the progressive visual effects had a lot to do with it. What followed this marvellous cinematic experience was a little tragedy back home in the next days and weeks, since I was so overwhelmed by Spielberg’s vision that every time I opened the closet I did expect to find E.T. waving back at me. And of course in every trivial disagreement with my mother, she had to read between the screenplay lines and understand why: ‚ÄúGrown-ups can’t see him. Only little kids can see him!‚Äù

The next landmark that shook my cinema world was the film The Bear (1988), by Jean-Jacques Annaud. I must say that the scenes including animal violence were horrifying for the childish soul and I was particularly relieved to read the conclusive note that no animals were harmed in the making of the film. Let’s face it, as a grown up how comforting can that statement be after the fact?

The best family present ever was a video player from my uncle that fulfilled all this movie craziness. My parents selected video tapes for us to watch and then came the film weekends indoors that I will never forget. Many hours of spectacle and excitement, beautiful times, and memories that led to a genuine appeal for the motion picture world.

So thanks, Mum and Dad, I owe you (big time!) for every single thrill of the big screen….

 

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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