Films to Share With Your Children by Damien Chazelle

A lot has been said about Damien Chazelle in relation to his age. At 29, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Whiplash, which went on to be nominated for five academy awards. At 32, in 2016, he became the youngest director to ever win an Oscar—for La La Land (and the youngest to win a Golden Globe for the same title). At 33, he released his third film, First Man, which followed the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in 1969, through the iconic real life story of Neil Armstrong—while also digging into the complexities of fatherhood in a way that was as honest as it was heartbreaking. Now at 35, Chazelle is a first-time dad himself. We asked the lifelong movie lover for the films he can’t wait to share with his son.

“As father to a one-year-old, I have been eagerly awaiting the start of my son’s movie education. Technically, his education began when he was two weeks old and we started watching Taxi Driver together. But after my wife walked in on us, she wisely persuaded me it was better to introduce our infant to masterpieces like this when he was a touch older. 

So, while I’m most certainly not qualified to say when to show movies to one’s children, below is a list of films I’m personally excited to share with mine.”

Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise, 1991)

“Depending on how it goes, maybe the Jean Cocteau version to follow.”

Photo Courtesy of The Walt Disney Studios. Robby Benson and Paige O’Hara in Beauty and the Beast.

The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921)

Photo Courtesy of United Artists. Charles Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid.

Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924) 

Photo Courtesy of John Kobal Foundation – Kino International. Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.

Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990) 

Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands.

 Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959)

Photo Courtesy of The Walt Disney Studios Mary Costa in Sleeping Beauty.

 The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)

Photo Courtesy of United Artists. Charlie Chaplin and Georgia Hale in The Gold Rush.

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

Photo Courtesy of Studio Ghibli. Bob Bergen and Rumi Hiiragi in Spirited Away.

Bambi (David Hand, 1942)

Photo Courtesy of GTV Archive/Shutterstock (390893ge). David Hand in Bambi.

Fantasia (Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Ben Sharpsteen, 1940)

Photo Courtesy of The Walt Disney Studios.

 The Red Balloon (Albert Lamorisse, 1956)

Photo Courtesy of Films Montsouris. Pascal Lamorisse in The Red Balloon.

White Mane (Albert Lamorisse, 1952)

Photo Courtesy of Films Montsouris. Alain Emery in White Mane.

Meet Me In St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944)

Photo Courtesy of MGM. Judy Garland and Tom Drake in Meet Me in St. Louis.

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