Most recently, she discussed Twilight, which has sent the blogosphere buzzing. See, her granddaughter insisted that she watch the film, calling it the "greatest vampire film ever." Of course, Grandma Bacall had to set her straight. "After the 'film' was over, I wanted to smack her across her head with my shoe, but I do not want a book called Grannie Dearest written on me when I die, so instead I gave her a DVD of Murnau's 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu and told her, now that's a vampire film! And that goes for all of you! Watch Nosferatu instead!" Even earlier, she raved about the wonders of Nine, and Fellini's classic 8½, saying: "Almost forgot if you have not seen 8½ I suggest you do or else be condemned to hell."
Suffice it to say, I'm addicted to her tweets. But I'm also appreciating her spin on film. Some of my early film memories are sitting in my grandmother's living room, gushing praise for Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year, melting away the years between us with chatter over Sean Astin's cuteness in Goonies. These experiences even transcended her life -- I inherited her laser discs and found everything from Yankee Doodle Dandy to Autumn Sonata to, and I still can't believe it, Young Doctors in Love. She may not have been a famous actress well-versed in all things cinema, but she did give me a good basis to grow from.
In honor of Bacall's interests in educating the youngins on real vampires, you can watch Nosferatu below, and weigh in: What did your grandmother teach you about cinema?
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