My wife and I were married 12 years ago today in Las Vegas. We made our way to a dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona, for our honeymoon.
While we were there, the weekly Movie Night featured The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) — because I picked it. It’s become a special film around our house — and not just because it’s hands-down one of the finest Westerns ever made. (My daughter really likes Wayne kicking Strother Martin.)
Today seemed like a good day to put it up here, even if it’s not from the 50s. Fittingly, we’re going out for steaks tonight — smaller cuts than those at Peter’s Place.
I posted this last night, or early this morning, and Colin at Riding The High Country sent a well-wishing comment. (Thanks Colin!) That somehow got me thinking about people’s relationships with certain films — and prompted me to revisit this.
It’s a great thing for a couple or family or group of friends to have a connection to a film, much in the way couples have Their Song. Since I grew up in a house full of movies, my family has lots of pictures that feel like old friends. Of course, for my wife and I, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is the cream of the crop.
So, I’d love to hear about other folks’ connections to a particular film — especially if it’s a Western. You can do it through the comments thing. (Colin, I’d really like one from you.)