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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LOVE AFFAIR

I watched Love Affair (and you can too, for this is the full one hour 27 minute version) on TV last night, and was surprised, because I did not know there was a 1939 black and white original with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, directed by Leo McCarey.  Dunne actually got an Academy Award nomination for this original.   Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave this an 86% rating..

The one I remembered was An Affair to Remember, (Rotten Tomatoes 64% reviewers rating) again directed  by  McCarey in 1957, using the same script, with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant.  The most memorable bit was the song from this flick sung by Vic Damone.   

This is the second time Dunne has intrigued me on a film which I did not know existed, the first being the black and white 1936 Showboat (got an amazing 100% Rotten Tomatoes reviewers rating), setting up the more popular 1951 blockbuster (89% RT).  They were both good, but the original was better.

For the record, there are two more:
  • 1932 Love Affair with Humphrey Bogart (at the age of 32), but this movie only shared the title and not the plot.
  • 1994 Love Affair with Warren Beatty and his wife, Annette Benning, which got a dismal 31% Rotten Tomatoes reviewers rating (but had 70% audience appeal) and was nominated for a Razzie Award as the Worst Remake or Sequel.
I am in the process of accumulating my top ten (and could end up being a hundred) double or triple bills, and the above 1939, 1951 and, even, 1994 shows back to back to back would make for an interesting day.

The plot of the 1957 film (and, too, the 1939 version) left me empty, probably because I did not think the inability to walk (you need to see the film to understand) after a car accident was sufficient cause to not show up at the top of the Empire State Building (ESB).  Surely, McCarey and his co-writer, Mildred Cram, could have taken greater advantage of THE painting.   Note that the ESB rendezvous from Sleepless in Seattle can also be linked to Love Affair.  Also, the scenes leading up to finale could have been better written.  Both films could have made my top 100 with these emendations.  Nevertheless, the 1939 Love Affair is easily in the top three of the shows I've seen this year.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal standings
     COUNTRY                          GOLD         SILVER          BRONZE
1
Norway
4
3
4
11
2
Canada
4
3
2
9
3
Netherlands
3
2
3
8
4
Germany
3
1
0
4
5
United States
2
1
4
7
6
Switzerland
2
0
0
2
7
Russia
1
3
3
7

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