director Sam Wood
It’s not a superstition but I do like to begin a new year watching a “good” movie as opposed to a bad one. The movies that we actually had on slate to watch, Star Wars Episode III and the notorious Batman & Robin (1997) certainly didn’t fit that term, so when TCM showed up playing Marx brothers movies, opportunity knocked and Felix and I answered.
I tend to vacillate between exactly how much I like one Marx brothers movie versus another. Felix and I had just seen A Day at the Races (1937) a couple days before at the Castro Theatre. A Night at the Opera is considered one of their best and it certainly has a lot going for it.
I introduced the kids to the Marx brothers about three years ago when Felix was 9 and Clara was 7. I can honestly say that watching Marx brothers movies with my kids is one of the best pure pleasures I’ve enjoyed in some time.