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Although this was a remake of "Love Affair", the fact that Leo McCarey directed both prevents the classic movie remake blues. Astoundingly, this film has practically erased its predecessor from the minds of most of today's moviegoers. This film is also way better than "Love Affair". Even though Charles Boyer was in it.
No matter how many times I watch it, "An Affair to Remember" never gets old. I still feel all the same fuzziness when Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr cautiously flirt, dine, and swim together. And I still cry every time when Grant, toward the end of the film, visits Kerr, and after some chit-chat opens the door where we see the reflection of a painting. If you haven't seen it you wouldn't understand. I think I'm one of the few men my friends know who cries for anything - I cry at dog shows, for crying out loud

If you haven't seen it . . . so sad. Please do.
The point is, it's been less than 2 months since Cary Grant Centennial #1 and I for one am proud of my consistency.

I loved An Affair to Remember the first time I saw it. I've loved it less with every viewing, though, and when I saw it at the Music Box yesterday I was bored. I generally try to review movies independent of their sources, be they based on books, plays, TV shows or, in this case, an earlier film. That said, I feel that my enjoyment of An Affair to Remember dwindled significantly once I saw Love Affair, the film on which it is based. And I feel an exception is merited in this case as they were both directed by Leo McCarey.

Leo McCarey directed some damn good films in his day. He won the Oscar for The Awful Truth and his other pictures include Going My Way and Duck Soup. Love Affair is another gem. Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer meet on a Transatlantic cruise headed for NYC. Despite the fact that they're engaged to other people, they fall in love and agree to resume their romance on top of the Empire State in six months.

The same thing happens in An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the leading roles. Deborah Kerr combined strength and vulerability perhaps better than any of her 1950s counterparts and she uses her talents to great effect here. Cary Grant is good as well, but at this stage in his career, he tended to play Cary Grant in all of his pictures. This isn't really a bad thing as he is, after all, Cary Grant but I miss the vitality he brought to his earlier pictures, especially The Awful Truth.

The most notable difference between An Affair to Remember and Love Affair is the running time. Love Affair comes in at a brisk 90 minutes while An Affair to Remember drags the same story out to two full hours. A large part of the reason is that AAtR was shot in Cinemascope. There are a lot of moments in the film in which nothing - and I mean nothing - happens. But just look at that French countryside.

Not that the running time is the only problem I found with AAtR. The movie is slow. I checked my watch for the first time about a half-hour in and kept checking it at 10 minute intervals wondering nwhy everything was taking so damn long. I also had the misfortune of watching a terrible print. It was scratched and the reels were poorly assembled, so I have no sense of the editing - an aspect of film that I've only recently come to appreciate.

And then there were the songs. The title song - every movie in the 50s had a title song - is just awful. Nothing but schmaltz and treacle vocalized by Vic Damone. Because of verious events in the film, Deborah Kerr ends up teaching in a Twentieth Cenury Fox circa 1957 version of an innner-city school. So we get to hear a chorus of obnoxious children sing obnoxiously. Twice.

One of these days I'll get around to renting Love Affair, the 1994 remake with Warren Beatty and Annett Bening. But only because it was Katharine Hepburn's last picture.
It wasn't wasn't just was. A clean, well made movie with good actting but not much excitement.
Brilliantly shot, this love story explores the affair that a couple have aboard a cruise ship - and the time leading after they vow to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. The picture is beautiful, bringing back a look at the romanticized past. (The scene 'shot' in beautiful Italy/France captures the characters and their blossoming romance, and the scene where one of the characters is inside a house, the Empire State Building reflected on the glass, glimpses into the destiny and a reminder of romance.) There are many things to like about this film, but the pacing/middle of the film is not one of them. The film seems to lose some direction after the accident, and a lo of effort and time seems to be placed here when it could have been, in my opinion, shortened or explored the characters' emotions a little more efficiently. Overall, it's an excellent and sad film, but it's beautifully made.
Is it the holiday season already? Insane. :eek:

I'm going to see "Rent" tonight. I'm not really sure what to expect. I've been looking forward to it for sometime and I like the music, so I'm sure I'll like the movie - but reviews are incredibly mixed. Its about 50/50 on Most critics say that if you like the stage show, you'll like the movie. I've never seen the stage show, but I'm sure I'll fall into that demographic. I'll post my review sometime this weekend.

I'm also going to see "Walk the Line" with my mom sometime over Thanksgiving - I'm going to try to squeeze Harry Potter in there, too. It will be a busy movie going weekend

I'm headed back to the WB for thanksgiving weekend. It feels like I haven't been "home" (more and more it feels like my parents house, instead of my house) for quite some time, even though its only been two months.

Anyway, just wanted to update so whoever reads this didn't think I'm dead or something.

Peace out
This story is a love story that a woman would love to have come true in her own life. Romance as strong and interesting as this hasn't been portrayed in any movie I've seen. Characters, scenes, humor, ad infinitum are special and beautiful. Cruise ship, villa and city sites were well pictured and made story line come more alive. Cary Grant plays the love bachelor in his own special and unique way, and who could ask for better counterpart than Deborah Kerr.

An Affair to Remember

I had huge expecations for this film. Ever since I watched Sleepless in Seattle (a million times) I've been meaning to watch An Affair to Remember. Finally I sat down and watched. So...I spent the first half of this movie really upset. Sure, it's romantic for the 2 people having the affair but what about the feelings of those on whom they're cheating? The second half makes me feel better. Averaging out my ratings it lands with a solid 8. Now if I could only get the theme song out of my head!!
"If you can paint, I can walk"? She's kidding, right? What on Earth does one have to do with the other?

What just kills me is the token little dancing black children in Deborah Kerr's inexplicable children's choir. Three adorable little blonde girls, assorted male urchins, and two dancing black kids, one of each. Well, what can you say? It was 1957--it's maginally impressive that there were black children at all.

The CBC is treating us to a Cary Grant doubleheader tonight. We've started with this most classic of his films. Oh, not my personal favorite, mind, nor even the one that took the most skill on his part, but after Sleepless in Seattle, one of his best-known.

I would frankly call this a melodrama, really. Oh, it's funny in places, gods know, but it is a bit over the top.

Yeah, okay. This from a woman whose all-time absolute favorite movie is Roman Holiday. But the proportion of comedy to drama is much higher in Roman Holiday. After all, Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck only get into it for the last fifteen minutes or so, whereas practically the entire second half of the picture is these two moping about at one another--and the first half is them preparing to. When we meet Cary Grant's little old grandmother, we know for what strikes me as an absolute fact that she'll be dead by the end, and there will be a dramatic moment about it.

In fact, we get two for the price of one. Cary Grant has a dramatic moment with Deborah Kerr, of course, but only after he has one with his grandmother's gardener.

Oh, and of course, we must have two songs by the inexplicable children's choir. And how might the end of the movie been different if she'd actually been able to make it to the benefit?
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