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SCREEN ROMANCES For The Time Capsule

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The list author says: "The top 7 here are on my list of MY 40 FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME."
It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
"Granted, the ending is contrived and not really credible, but by that time you don't mind. The rest was so much fun. Swept the 3 major Oscars in 1934. Only movie to do so until CUCKOO'S NEST in 1975 and not done since."
To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
"I actually prefer the Bogart-Bacall relationship here over Bogie-Bergman in Casablanca. Great chemistry between Bogie (43)and bride-to-be Bacall(19!). Andy Williams dubs singing voice for Bacall, I kid you not. 1946"
The Quiet Man (Collector's Edition)
The Quiet Man (Collector's Edition)
"1953. 'No pattyfingers, if you please!!!'. A love story, a horse race and a boxing match. What more could a guy ask for? Plus, Maureen O'Hara is radiant. See my REASONS TO APPRECIATE IRELAND."
The Man From Snowy River
The Man From Snowy River
"Okay, I'm a sucker for horses, a pretty girl and a dream fulfilled. A few corny lines, but I don't care. Glorious music, photography and an interesting romantic tale with a rousing climax. 1982.  Sequel not so good."
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Romantic classic of love and sacrifice. Amazing film, especially when the dialogue was made up as they went along. Much of it is now embedded in our culture. 1943. See my BEST FILMS OF HUMPHREY BOGART."
Robin and Marian
Robin and Marian
"1976 Fictional Robin-Marian reunion in later years.Final duel more gripping than the one in Rocky. Don't care for the VERY end, though I admit it is romantic, original and poetic.Nice music theme. Directed by Richard Lester(Beatles films and the great opening credits in Superman III."
Manhattan
Manhattan
"Final sequence starting with Woody on the couch with tape recorder is very endearing. Mariel Hemingway got an Oscar nom and is very appealing. 1979. See my BEST FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN"
Same Time, Next Year
Same Time, Next Year
"1978 Oscar nom for Ellen Burstyn. Definitely Alda's best movie role."
Two for the Road
Two for the Road
"1967.Traces thru flashbacks the various stages of the Hepburn-Finney marriage. I just realized I've got THREE Hepburn movies on this list. On my list of ROAD PICTURES For The Time Capsule."
Cheers - The First Four Complete Seasons
Cheers - The First Four Complete Seasons
"Actually the Sam/Diane relationship covered the first FIVE years of the series. On my list of MY FAVORITE TV SERIES OF ALL TIME (Like It Matters!)"
The Complete Thin Man Collection (The Thin Man / After the Thin Man / Another Thin Man / Shadow of the Thin Man / The Thin Man Goes Home / Song of the Thin Man / Alias Nick and Nora)
The Complete Thin Man Collection (The Thin Man / After the Thin Man / Another Thin Man / Shadow of the Thin Man / The Thin Man Goes Home / Song of the Thin Man / Alias Nick and Nora)
"None of these films are really love stories, but collectively they depict one of the most attractive male-female relationships onscreen(Detective Nick Charles and wife Nora). Every one in the series is a pleasure. See my SCREEN DETECTIVES For The Time Capsule."
Lady and the Tramp [VHS]
Lady and the Tramp [VHS]
"1955.The only animated movie I can watch, despite the rave reviews so many get. Oops, I take it back. There's also the original Fantasia."
Young at Heart
Young at Heart
"1954. Sinatra's definitive role, I think. Scenes with Ethel Barrymore in the uncut version are charming. See my BEST FILMS OF FRANK SINATRA and also MUSICALS THAT GUYS CAN TOLERATE."
Love Letters
Love Letters
"Deserves more recognition. A movie with a balanced perspective on its characters and their experiences. (A lot cheaper on VHS.)"
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
"2000 sad love story, to be sure, but a story of strength, faith, integrity and survival. Directed by the immensely talented Billy Bob Thornton(director, superb actor,and a musical performer). On my list of BEST WESTERNS(Movies, Not Sandwiches, Omelettes or Hotels). Very listenable soundtrack CD includes the fine wistful song 'Far Away' by Marty Stuart."
Havana
Havana
"1990, but set in 1959. A more modern Casablanca. Maybe even Redford's best film. Now THERE'S a surprising statement! (On my list of BEST MOVIES OF THE PAST TWO DECADES."
The Bridges of Madison County (Deluxe Edition)
The Bridges of Madison County (Deluxe Edition)
"Scene with Streep in the car and Eastwood in the rain is very powerful. ANOTHER Oscar nom for Meryl. Not sure the ending is completely credible. 1995. See my FILMS OF CLINT EASTWOOD."
Annie Hall
Annie Hall
"We ALL need the eggs, Woody. (Won 1977 Oscar for Best Picture). See my BEST FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN"
City Lights: The Chaplin Collection (Two-Disc Special Edition)
City Lights: The Chaplin Collection (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Very touching silent Charlie Chaplin film. 1931"
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Owl and the Pussycat
"George Segal in his prime. An Oscar-worthy comedic performance by Streisand. 1969 On my list of COMEDY PERFORMANCES For The Time Capsule(Female)."
A Touch of Class
A Touch of Class
"Segal and Glenda Jackson in their romantic comedy prime. Jackson won the Oscar for Best Actress 1973."
Forever Young (Snap Case)
Forever Young (Snap Case)
"My second fave Mel movie(behind ROAD WARRIOR and barely edging out Braveheart and "The Year of Living Dangerously').I don't usually care for ghost or time travel movies(As little Beth once said to Lou Grant about NFL football "I prefer real life.") But this is a touching film. 1992"
Jules and Jim (The Criterion Collection)
Jules and Jim (The Criterion Collection)
"1961.French romantic triangle with a nice soundtrack. Directed by Francois Truffault at his peak during the New Wave movement in French cinema. On my SHORTLIST OF MY FAVORITE FOREIGN FILMS, as is the film below."
A Man & A Woman
A Man & A Woman
"Awash in rain, tears and romantic music/photography. May not stand up well to repeat viewing but enjoyable the first time. 1966. On my SHORTLIST OF FAVORITE FOREIGN FILMS"
Finnegan Begin Again [VHS]
Finnegan Begin Again [VHS]
"1985 rare worthwhile venture into film by Mary. The others are Flirting with Disaster, Just Between Friends, and Ordinary People(Oscar nom).In this film, a 'mature' couple find romance in their later years.(Mary's reunion with Dick Van Dyke for a TV production of The Gin Game was a coup.) See my list for MARY TYLER MOORE."
Roman Holiday (Special Collector's Edition)
Roman Holiday (Special Collector's Edition)
"1953. Princess Audrey Hepburn connects with journalist Gregory Peck. See my BEST OF BOTH HEPBURNS."
Serendipity
Serendipity
"2001 chickflick with more cosmic overtones. On my list: CHICKFLICKS THAT THIS GUY THINKS WEREN'T BAD."
Love Among the Ruins [VHS]
Love Among the Ruins [VHS]
"1975. Sir Laurence Olivier and Katherine Hepburn(in one of her last major roles). A made-for-TV drama. Never too late for romance! On my list of COURTROOM MOVIES For The Time Capsule and BEST OF BOTH HEPBURNS."
Brief Encounter (The Criterion Collection)
Brief Encounter (The Criterion Collection)
"1946 Classic David Lean tearjerker. Celia Johnson was famous for her large beautiful eyes. Ending is one my list of JUSTIFIABLY FAMOUS CLOSING SHOTS."
House Calls
House Calls
"1978. Matthau is ridiculously miscast as an aging playboy, but he and Glenda Jackson continue to demo their flair for light comedy. The most memorable line from Matthau: "It's nice to finally be with a woman where I don't have to explain who Ronald Colman is.""
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"Disappointing 1973 film based on one of my favorite novels. Redford is very good. Mia Farrow, though attractive at other times, doesn't create a Daisy that we can believe would impassion Gatsby so blindly. But this film is still better than other attempts to film the novel."
The Burning Hills
The Burning Hills
"Tab Hunter and a very young Natalie Wood in a smoldering 1956 western romance."
That Hamilton Woman (The Criterion Collection)
That Hamilton Woman (The Criterion Collection)
"Rise and fall of Lord Nelson's 'woman'. Nelson portrayed by Sir Laurence Olivier (Vivien Leigh's husband). 1941"
Kiss Me Goodbye
Kiss Me Goodbye
"1982. Sally could have/should have had another Oscar nom for this. But romantic comedies or indeed comedies of any kind don't often garner them."
Great Expectations (The Criterion Collection)
Great Expectations (The Criterion Collection)
"David Lean's 1947 film of the classic Dickens novel. An 18-year-old Jean Simmons made an impact as Estella. A year later she played Ophelia to Olivier's Hamlet, which won the Oscar for Best Picture."
Desk Set
Desk Set
"1957 Tracy and Hepburn. Another equally good and equally representative film of this pair is Adam's Rib. Both on my BEST OF BOTH HEPBURNS List."
Mighty Aphrodite
Mighty Aphrodite
"1996. Woody Allen directed. Not entirely believable but it's a return to the style of Woody's best years, the late 70's. Romantic and funny, especially the quasi-Greek chorus. (Again, BEST FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN."
About Time
About Time
"One of the better films of 2013. I don't usually like time travel movies, but this one has heart, charm and humor."
The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook (2004)
"2004 James Garner and Gena Rowlands play a senior couple looking back at their young romance and marriage. Two Canadian up-and-comers play the youthful couple in flashblacks.(Not a couple I can relate to very well)."
Up Close & Personal
Up Close & Personal
"1996. Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Out of space, so 'Honorable Mentions': When Harry Met Sally, Light In The Piazza."