I’ve found that during these troubling days it’s nice to escape to a different time (like 2019). Unfortunately, time travel isn’t a thing, at least not in my house, and the only way it’s possible is with a little imagination and a few streaming services.
I’ve found myself in the 1950 and ’60s for much of the past month. From New York City to the South of France. And while just a scene from a packed restaurant can bring me to tears these days, watching the below shows and movies have helped calm my nerves.
So, turn off the news for a minute, and whatever you do, don’t watch titles like “Pandemic” or “Contagion.” Here are a few of my recommendations. Some are old favorites and some I’ve just seen for the first time.
The Alfred Hitchcock film “To Catch A Thief,” streaming on Amazon, stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and will transport you to a French Riviera filled with diamonds.
“Mad Men,” streaming on Netflix, because Joan Holloway is my style icon. And I’m going to really step it up once we all get out of sweatpants.
“Roman Holiday,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is also streaming on Amazon, and you should watch it because “What the world needs is a return to sweetness and decency.”
“Some Like It Hot,” a comedy filmed in the ’50s starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, takes place during prohibition. And right now, I’d like “another cup of coffee.”
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” because it’s a classic that never gets old. It’s also always nice to remember a time when “nothing very bad could happen to you” at Tiffany’s.
“The Last Picture Show” starring Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges, happens to actually be the last picture show I saw in a theater. It was screened by Sag Harbor Cinema in February, followed by a conversation with Ed Burns, at Bay Street Theater.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is available on Amazon. It feels like just yesterday I was at the TWA Hotel filling my bag with as many promotional “Mrs. Maisel” cocktail kits as I could because they were giving them away free. Well, I finally binged the series and it is, in fact, marvelous.