The reaction of the students to Singin' in the Rain
surprises me. I've seen it with a group of undergraduates twice (in 2005 and 2011) and both times the audience really seemed to enjoy it. I'd say the only older film to go over better with an audience of that age was, interestingly enough, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The reaction to From Russia with Love
surprises me less. Outside of laughing at John Barry's score (it's magnificent; one of the best he wrote for the series!), how could one not be amused by the over-the-top chauvinism or the poor stunt-doubling that makes the film's relatively low-budget quite apparent? Frankly, I'd be more concerned if the audience didn't have a reaction to the film's rampant sexism.