Classic Film Buff
Movie and TV characters only watch old classic movies
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Filmmakers seem to believe that everyone is a classic film buff. Whenever characters are shown watching a movie, it's almost invariably an old, usually black-and-white, classic. This happens no matter the age of the characters.

Related to The Public Domain Channel when characters watch old programmes with "expired" copyrights which the producers don't have to license.

This trope falls victim to Small Reference Pools. Expect the same films to be referenced over and over and over again, especially Casablanca and It's a Wonderful Life seem to be beaten to death.

Compare with There's No "B" in Movie. This trope has characters watching B movies, sometimes fictional, because their titles make it clear what the characters are watching exactly.

See also Pac-Man Fever, which is about characters playing old video games.

Examples from media:

Film -- Live Action

Live Action TV
  • More than once the teenage characters of That '70s Show watch Casablanca.
  • The pilot of The Mindy Project showed Mindy as a young woman obsessed with romantic old movies.
  • It's a Wonderful Life is watched by characters in Men Behaving Badly.
  • King of Queens: Characters watch It's a Wonderful Life..
  • Designing Women: They watch It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Roseanne: They watch It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Everybody Hates Chris: They watch It's a Wonderful Life.
  • The original Psycho is watched by Mr. Gold in Dawson's Creek.
  • Mrs. Ochmonek watches Psycho in Alf.
  • A young boy in a episode of Amazing Stories watches Psycho.
  • In Due South, Victor and Fraser watch North by Northwest.
  • In The Mentalist Jane and Stiles watch North by Northwest in a movie theater, as if it were common for 50-year-old movies to be playing in movie theaters.
  • In The Sopranos , Carmela's book club watches Citizen Kane .
  • In Just Shoot Me!, Jack watches Duck Soup.
  • Gilmore Girls: Lorelai and Rory are into lots of old movies and old TV shows and they get referenced a lot, but they also like new stuff and rather obscure and less known movies.
    • Rory and Marty, friends from Yales, wanted to watch Duck Soup together, but at the end didn't, because Rory told Marty she liked him only as a friend and he was disappointed, and told her he liked that movie too much and didn't want to have it linked with that night.
    • Lorelai and Rory enjoy Pipi the Long Stocking when they are on a double date with Dean and Luke. They watch it in Kirk's home cinema, and snark at the film a lot, but it's clear the ladies love it to bits.
    • Lorelai and Luke watch Casablanca together. Lorelai was shocked when Luke told her he had never seen it before, and she made the night very special, and she initialized him in their film watching rules.

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