An Affair to Remember (1957)
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A touching movie, a remake of the 1939 Love Affair. Very enjoyable.
I don’t think the story flows as good as in the original (specially once they get out of the boat), but it’s still a beautiful story with lots of memorable moments.
Before 1993's Sleepless in Seattle, lovers were set to meet at the top of the Empire State building in 1957's An Affair to Remember, a straight remake of 1939's Love Affair, so it's very much a part of movie history. This influential romance between a French playboy and a nightclub singer is filled with the banter this era of Hollywood film-making is known and appreciated for, with Deborah Kerr a particular stand-out, impish, funny and endearing. I tend to find Cary Grant too glib, but he has his moments. Though mostly romance and comedy, there are melodramatic notes (and musical ones too) making for a rich experience that's fun to discover and rediscover in the details. It starts a little abruptly and has some airy padding along the way, but has enough charm you're hardly bothered by the faults. An ode to Bohemian freedom fighting back against loveless pragmatism. And isn't that the essence of the Romantic?
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This movie ranks #5 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #50 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
This movie ranks #76 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #213 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #271 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #309 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #399 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #410 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #414 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema