Wednesday, August 22, 2007

An Affair to Remember (1957)

"Don't you think life should be gay and bright and bubbly like champagne?"
Yes, Cary, yes I do...

Good movie to watch while sipping champagne cocktails.

A remake of Love Affair - this movie gave me a headache since I happened on it by accident a few years after having seen the original. The whole time I was watching it, I thought I was watching a movie I'd seen before but it was all wrong, like a bad dream. The effect of Sleepless in Seattle was just a compound headache (sorry I only love When Harry Met Sally, Nora).
I'm really relieved to meet this movie again after having forgotten them all pretty thoroughly now. It's really quite charming and I already love DK's outfit!

Question: how can a kiss that takes place off screen be so hot? brilliant.

Plot synopsis: a woman and a man, both engaged to others, meet on a ship crossing to Europe. They fall in love but both need time to break off their engagements so they agree to meet again six months later. They both intend to meet, but through circumstances beyond their control, they miss each other and tragedy ensues.

But for a chance meeting, they might never have seen each other again, then fate throws them together. Will bitterness and misunderstanding from their missed meeting keep them apart forever? Or will love triumph over all? I know you know love triumphs, but it is so great watching how it unfolds.

The perfect excruciating ending where you are yelling at the TV one second and wiping tears away the next.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I'm picking sides... Love Affair. The ending in either movie can make me sob, I (obviously) love Cary Grant, and Deborah Kerr is great. I think I'm just annoyed by most remakes. Not all remakes, just by the idea of them... aside from the random few that are so wonderful I can forgive them for being remakes. Or the movies that I see and like before I realize that they are remakes. It turns out there are a whole lot of unoriginal movies out there. Why remake Love Affair, though?

Maybe I also like the 30s better than the 50s?