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Suggestions for families with children

Posted at 4:21 PM on September 4, 2007 by Euan Kerr

The Movie Maven's list of movies for families with children is a lot of fun, and of course very open to discussion. Some other suggestions from my list of faves:

"M. Hulot's holiday" (1953) The great Jacques Tati is magnificent in his signature role as Hulot, the gawky bachelor who goes to a tiny resort town to enjoy some sun, sea, and sand. Tati, who has been compared with Chaplin and Keaton for his mastery of physical comedy, spins a hilarious tale using just one word of dialog in the entire film. You will never look at tennis the same way again.

"Porco Rosso" (1992) One of the lesser known anime films by Hayao Miyazaki, but also one of his most breath-taking. A World War I flying ace, mysteriously transformed into a pig, takes on air-pirates over the Mediterranean. They are really nice pirates though, and they're slightly scared of kindergarteners. The images are gorgeous, whether its from the airborne action sequences, to the pictures of life on the ground. (Porco sunbathing on the beach at his secret hideout with his seaplane tethered nearby is a personal favorite) There is a love story of sorts too, so a little something for everyone.

"The Gods Must Be Crazy" (1980) The film about the bushman who finds an empty coke bottle, and decides it must belong to a god of some kind. The film chronicles his hilarious adventures as he tries to return it. It's a simple story, but it's undertones of the way we can have an impact on other people far, far away are fascinating.

Of course we have to throw "Fantasia," (1940) Disney's classic orchestral interpretation into the mix and for the right people "Rivers and Tides" (2002) Thomas Riedelsheimer's remarkable portrait of artist Andy Goldsworthy who makes stunning site specific sculptures, some which will last for centuries, others which just survive for seconds.

So those are my suggestions. What are yours?

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