January 5, 2012
WHERE HAVE ALL THE ROMANTIC MOVIES GONE? by Kathy Ivan
I was talking with my sister earlier and the conversation turned to movies. Romantic comedies to be exact. I'm a big lover of romance in all its forms. That's why I write it. I love the subtle nuances of it, the majesty of it. The quiet moments and the shout-it-from-the rooftop moments. There's just something about watching or reading about two people falling in love and getting their happily ever after that just makes me go, "Awww!" But when it came time to list some of my favorite romantic movies, that's when things got a little tricky. I could think of lots and lots of them that I love, but I realized something I thought was significant. Nary a one of them was current. What's happened to Hollywood that they can't seem to make a romance/romantic comedy that really touched me enough that I remember it long after seeing it?
Hollywood in its heyday made some fabulous, witty, and memorable love stories—I can't even use that turn of phrase without thinking about the movie by the same name—Love Story.
I know I'm going to age myself a bit with this list, and a lot of these were made well before my time, but I've watched them in reruns over the years and they are still as vibrant, funny and romantic today as they were back when I watched them the first time. The actors and actresses had the type of chemistry that just doesn't seem to be there on screen today (again just my opinion but since I writing this blog post, I can say what I want to—Ha!)
So in no particular order, here is a list of some of my favorite romantic comedies and romance movies through the decades.
1. His Girl Friday. Some of the snappiest dialog ever written, performed brilliantly by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
2. The Princess Bride. "As you wish." Enough said.
3. It Happened One Night. There's a reason this won the Academy Award. Wonderfully funny and romantic.
4. Ladyhawke. I'll admit it, I absolutely loved Rutger Hauer in this film. Such a romantic film even after all these years.
5. My Favorite Wife. This was such a classic story line that it's been remade several times. This one stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunn (the 60s remake started James Garner and Doris Day). Wife stranded on a desert island with another man for 7 years, comes back to find her husband has remarried. Hilarious laugh out loud funny movie.
6. Beauty and the Beast. This may be a Disney movie, but it was oh so romantic.
7. When Harry Met Sally. This movie has some of the most imitated scenes of recent memory for a reason. They were funny.
8. Bringing Up Baby. Another classic Cary Grant film also starting Katharine Hepburn. Wonderful verbal and physical comedy at its finest.
9. Calamity Jane. Doris Day and Howard Keel. A musical/romantic comedy about wanting somebody and finding out that maybe your first choice isn't always the right choice after all. (And the music ain't bad either.)
10. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Another Howard Keel movie. This is a musical with singing and dancing, but the story is also different and heartwarming.
As you can see, lots of what I call oldies but goodies.
So do you have any current romantic films or romantic comedies that you can recommend? Maybe I missed something out there I really need to see. Hit me with your best shot!