Senior Citizens Pose for Amazing Calendar of Iconic Movies

And I have opinions about it.
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Erna Rütt, 86, und Alfred Kelbch, 81, Titanic
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The Internet seems to be loving these images of senior citizens dressed as characters from their favorite movies, and I am too. But why is the series so appealing?


Willhem Buiting, 89, James Bond

The pictures are part of  an annual calendar made by the Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany. Over 5,000 copies were printed for the residents’ friends and family, and the participants likely weren’t hoping to become imgur and reddit stars. Now that they are, we hope the internet behaves.


Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87, Saturday Night Fever

Obviously, there’s something funny about these images, but we sincerely hope that isn’t a result of seeing the elderly doing things they might not be capable of (winning a prize fight, dancing like Travolta…) Is the punchline simply seeing a senior citizen where we don’t think we usually would?


Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, and Erich Endlein, 88, The Seven-Year Itch

I’m also hoping that the amusement (mine, or anyone’s) doesn’t just come from the surprise of seeing Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe’s traditionally beautiful face replaced by someone who could be my grandmother.


Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80, Rocky

I guess I’m just concerned that interest in these pictures will be casually mean spirited (I work for the internet, and I still admit it’s a horrifying cesspool.) I definitely think we should get a lot of amusement from the calendar, but try and understand why or how we find it funny.


Walter Loeser (left), 98, and Kurt Neuhaus, 90, Easy Rider

Because the pictures aren’t just amusing, there’s a lot going on in them. They acknowledge that many of us have the same heroes and the same ideals, and they could be seen as either a bunch of old people looking silly by putting themselves in impossible situations or a bunch of old people looking silly while also being very inspiring.


Johann Liedtke, 92 and Marianne Pape, 79, Dirty Dancing

I’m not denying that Johann and Marianne doing Dirty Dancing look incongruous and silly compared to Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.


Marianne Brunsbach, 86, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I just think these pictures fell into our laps by accident, and we should be as protective of them as Johnny was of Baby, and agree to not be horrible Internet people about it.


Lothar Wischnewski (left), 76, and Margarete Schmidt, 77, Blues Brothers



Joanna Trachenberg, 81, und Horst Krischat, 78, Giants

Like I said, there’s a lot going on here.

(via buzzfeed, images via International Contilia)


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