5 classic films to curl up in front of this winter

The must-see seasonal classics

1. High Society (1956)                             

Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra star in this all-singing, all-dancing classic that is sure to light up any winter evening. The plot follows Tracy Lord (Kelly) in the week preceding her second wedding... when a handsome journalist and her ex-husband come onto the scene, Tracy finds herself having to chose between three very different men. After all, who could resist Frank Sinatra’s gorgeous serenading? This film is a favourite with many musical-lovers, and I can’t recommend it enough. 

2. Sabrina (1954)                                   

Difficult as it is to choose between Audrey Hepburn’s countless films, I think Sabrina has to be my favourite. It tells the ancient story of a servant girl in love with the son of the house; in a desperate attempt to win him over, Sabrina goes to Paris to learn the arts of cooking and fashion. In addition to the wonderful plot, Sabrina won an Oscar for its beautiful costumes, and is a feast for the eyes. As always, Hepburn is achingly elegant and it isn’t difficult to imagine why basically every man in the film falls for her.  

3. Rebecca (1940) 

Many Paulinas will remember Rebecca from the MIV reading project; I remember watchingthis film about four times in that term and claiming that it was very important English homework. This film, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, strikes the perfect balance between gothic and romantic. As my friends will tell you, I’m not one for horror movies, but Hitchcock manages to make the film swoon-worthy as well as eldritch.  

4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 

This film is the ultimate cure for a long day. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell (two of Hollywood’s most famous bombshells) are both wonderful, with Monroe prancing around decked head-to-toe in diamonds and flirting with every wealthy man in sight, and Russell trying to find a less superficial sort of love. With songs like ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ and ‘Bye Bye Baby’, this is sure to cheer you up.  

5. ‘Vertigo’ (1958)

If you’re in the mood for a creepier film, this is for you; ‘Vertigo’ is a classic Hitchcock, with wonderful performances by James Stewart and Kim Novak. It probably says something about my very low fear tolerance that I was terrified by this film (most of you are probably a bit more courageous than I was) but it’s still very fun to watch, with about seven plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Connie V