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Dr. Lawrence D. Walker's Final Neflix Queue

From my husband about my late father-in-law:

While he read relatively little fiction other than works by Laurens van der Post, but he loved well-crafted films, especially classic films.  Toward the end, he had too much difficulty moving and required too much oxygen to go out and see a movie, so at Christmas 2007, I gave him a subscription to Netflix.  He enjoyed it so much that he had to suspend his service after three months, to take a break.  But he renewed it later, and he watched movies whenever he could.  He liked film noir, old classic films, and there were certain actresses, mostly French and Spanish, that he would watch in just about any movie.  He was especially fond of Juliette Binoche. 

I take some credit for introducing him to British actress Kiera Knightley, whom he saw in what was probably his last movie, Pride and Prejudice, which I returned after he died.  

While winding up his affairs, I canceled his Neflix account, but first I copied the 30+ films he had in his Netflix queue:

The English Patient (bonus material) and The English Patient 

The Chorus Shakespeare in Love (for Gwyneth Paltrow?) 

Il Postino 

Women and Men II (Juliette Binoche) 

Lovers on the Bridge (again Juliette Binoche)

Roberta (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)

Bridget Jones’ Diary 

Bringing Up Baby (comedy directed by Howard Hawks starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, 1938)

I was a Male War Bride, comedy starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan, 1948

His Girl Friday (classic comedy with Cary Grant)


Wings of Desire (with Peter Falk) 


A Very Long Engagement (Audrey Tautou, lead actress in Amélie, another of my father’s favorites, along with Audrey Tautou herself)


Cold Mountain (for Nicole Kidman? Probably equally fascinated with the Civil War)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (for Penélope Cruz?) 


Kind Hearts and Coronets (A classic black-and-white dark comedy in which a young Alec Guinness is the only real supporting actor, playing the roles of seven members of an aristocratic British family – male and female, young and old.  I had his VHS copy.  Didn’t know he had wanted to see it again.)

Chocolat (Binoche again)

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (Binoche)

White (directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski – starring wonderful French actress Julie Delpy)


Grand Illusion (La grande illusion) by Jean Renoir.  About two escaped French prisoners of war on the lam in the German countryside after World War I.

Cinderella Man (Boxing) 

Woman on Top (for Penélope Cruz?)

 Y tu mamá también (for Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón or for Spanish siren Maribel Verdú?) 

The Horseman on the Roof (Binoche)

Double Indemnity (part of his film noir fascination)

Pride and Prejudice (unclear which version) 

Cirque du Soleil:  Journey of Man 

A Few Days in September (Binoche)

Jet Lag (Binoche) 

Damage (Fatale) (Binoche)

Notes on a Scandal 

Breaking and Entering  (Binoche)

The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (directed by Eric Rohmer) 

And his queue of films waiting to come to DVD:

Mauvais Sang (Binoche) 

Pride and Prejudice (apparently the 2003 version)

Viva Zapata!  (directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn)

Although a 77-year-old man who didn't get out much, you could still have great conversations with him about wonderful movies.

Obituary. Wake memorial service.  Final resting place.  Music playlist at wake.  Final reading list.