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Old 14-02-2005, 10:49   #1
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Favourite romantic classic; what's your choice?

DVD Times feature on Romance DVDs - see here - is the obvious trigger for starting this thread.

Mike's choice of Casablanca is hard to beat in the romance stakes. But there plenty of others, from the doomed romance of Now Voyager and Vertigo, to the hanky wringing fests of Random Harvest, Wuthering Heights, Brief Encounter and the screwball romances of The Philadelphia Story, Trouble in Paradise, The Shop Around the Corner, The Lady Eve, Manhatten, The Apartment, the list goes on...

What's your choice of the perfect - classic - romantic movie?
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Old 14-02-2005, 11:00   #2
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The purulent gnome in me has to go with Mr. Mackenzie's choice of Dellamorte Dellamore... similarly (heresy be damned!) I've always loved the ending of Jim McBride's "remake" of Breathless... I admit I don't have an inch of integrity left in my husk-like carcass...

... though in a "classic" vein I've always been "romanced" up by Dr. Zhivago even if, truth be told, it's hardly "romantic" at all... similarly, the doomed love of West Side Story always sets my heartstrings a-flutter...

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Old 14-02-2005, 11:45   #3
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Murnau's Sunrise by a mile.
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Old 14-02-2005, 12:23   #4
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I should add Cocteau's La Belle et La Bęte as well... awfully sweet (well, bitter sweet).
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir because it made me cry!
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I've always found Malick's Days of Heaven quite moving.
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Old 14-02-2005, 15:09   #8
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Okay, after looking through my DVD collection I'll nominate:

I Know Where I’m Going!
It Happened One Night
Melody


'Melody' is probably the most enjoyable, whilst artistically 'I Know Where I'm Going!' is the best film. 'It Happened One Night' deserves a mention for being arguably the best of the thirties' romantic comedies and the great interplay between Clark Gable and Colbert Colbert.

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My favorites are Billy Wilder´s Sabrina and Ingmar Bergman´s Sommarnattens leende - Smiles of a Summer Night.
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I'd generally go for Casablanca, but if wifey gets her way tonight, it'll probably be West Side Story
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Another plug for the blubbing queen, Random Harvest.

Also Zhivago should get a mention, Matter of Life and Death, Sullivan's Travels. Another favourite is Ballad of a soldier.

Badlands is less conventional but love on the run can be just as powerful.
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A toss up between Casablanca and A Matter of Life and Death. The former led David Goodis to base a whole sub-genre on it, and the latter is my first desert-island film choice. Masterpieces, both.
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I don't know if all would consider it a romantic film, but I have to go with one of my all time favourites: Gone With the Wind
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My last 'romantic date' movie was Polanski's Repulsion - funny, but I seem to remember it not going particulary well..
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For a classic, "Random Harvest".

For more modern, "Crossing Delancey".
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Roman Holiday - it is genuinely funny, charming, touching, and its setting adds to the sense of adventure. And Audrey.
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Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, no question.
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Vertigo's only romantic in a truly paraphiliac, fetishised way, though...

Lust... for a dead woman! Bathed in green light!
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Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, no question.
Agreed! Though I would also agree with Casablanca (now if only SelectDvds.com would do their job and send me my Casablanca boxset )
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Vertigo's only romantic in a truly paraphiliac, fetishised way, though...

Lust... for a dead woman! Bathed in green light!
I'm a necrophiliac so the film suits me perfectly. Now where's my box of tissues....
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