For you, what is the longest stretch of time between two viewings of the same movie?
For me, the longest time for me between two viewings of the same movie is about 26 or 27 years. It was the movie Silent Running which I first saw on network prime time about 1975 (when I was 10 or 11) and then again just about a year ago.
As a 37-year old, it was kind of strange, and a little bewildering, seeing a film that I had first seen on a little black & white TV in another dimension of time. I remembered very little about the movie, but there were a few key scenes that I will never forget: The picture of the dead forest, the drones, the loneliness felt by Dern's character after his shipmates were killed, the ship blowing up at the end, and most impacting, the shot of the surviving drone watering the plants as the pod floats off into space.
I remember how bewildered I was when I saw that last scene, certainly one of the most unforgettable endings ever put on film. Seeing it for the second time still had an impact, but at the same time, it seemed altered from my original recollection of how it ended. (I could have sworn, for example, that the drone was outside when he watered the plants, but how could that be…the plants would all die?).
Anyway, as the film ended, I thought, this has got to be the longest stretch of time between seeing a movie for the first time and seeing it again.
What is the longest time period between two viewings of the same film for you? What film was it? Were there scenes in the movie that seemed distorted from how you remember them? If so, were you bothered by the fact that your fond memories of the film have been updated? Overall, did the film hold up to your expectations?
The reason I am asking this is there are other films that I saw in the mid-1970s that I do not ever want to see again. But not because I don’t like them, I did. I’m talking about Roger Corman-type films, such as Attack of the Crab Monsters that terrified me as a young boy but I would now find hokey and cheezy.
I just don’t want to lose that childhood memory of sheer terror when those crab monsters went after their next victim. I don’t want to be “updated.” Another movie I hesitated to see was Who Framed Roger Rabbit because I was making out with some cutie the first time I saw it and I sure didn’t want anything to update that memory!
Am I just weird or do these kind of things bother you too? Please, share with me your thoughts on this subject.