I’m always surprised at how many friends (including my best friend) who are Southerners haven’t seen GONE WITH THE WIND. It’s on the “all Americans should watch this” list for its historical significance and the number of allusions to it in pop-culture (“fiddle de dee” “think about that tomorrow” “frankly my dear” etc.), but for a Southerner it’d be like growing up in an Italian or Sicilian family from NYC and not having seen THE GODFATHER (which if you grew up a Chinese Jew in Fargo you still should see) in that whether the family is remotely like yours it still affects people’s perceptions of your homeplace.
I’m irked by the number of people who tell me they loved THE BIRDCAGE (especially those who seem to think it’s like saying “I like gay people”) but haven’t watched LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (the infinitely better original).
I’m surprised at Anglophile friends who’ve never watched THE LION IN WINTER. I’m frustrated with a co-worker who loved Showtimes THE TUDORS and HBO’s ROME but hasn’t and won’t watch THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII/ELIZABETH R or I CLAUDIUS (“that’s too long and too… historical”).
Many friends (gay and straight) are surprised I’ve never watched WIZARD OF OZ all the way through (I’ve tried- just… can’t… do… it).