RR Films: Falling In Love

As this week’s episode falls on Valentine’s Day, we have to be looking at films about love, don’t we?

I have probably made great efforts to avoid things like Love Story, so the love films that stick in my mind don’t come smothered in flowers and choccies. I was going to recommend Mother, my favourite film of 2010, about the extent of a mother’s love for her son, but that’s a little too downbeat. So let’s go with Some Like It Hot, in which Tony Curtis and all heterosexual males fell in love with Marilyn Monroe, and Jack Lemmon acquired a suitor too. The story starts exactly 88 years ago today…..

What films about falling in love would you recommend?

58 thoughts on “RR Films: Falling In Love

  1. Oh definitely French Kiss.
    Don’t ask me why, because I’ve never figured it out, but I love watching Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan come together at a leisurely pace.

  2. I have three films to offer up to the Altar of Venus.

    The first is Falling in Love, a 1984 romantic drama film starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, in roles that might not immediately seem to be ideal. I love this film in a way that is almost unreasonable.

    The second is Carol, starring Cate Blanchett. It is based on the 1952 lesbian novel The Price of Salt, also known under the title Carol by Patricia Highsmith.

    My final nom is Imagine Me and You, a lesbian-themed romantic comedy film starring Piper Perabo and Lena Headey as two women who fall in love, despite Perabo’s character being married. Happily, they end up together. It is a sweet, soft and romantic film, but it came out it at a time when I was in a reasonably-new relationship (which is still alive and well) and it fitted in very well with the happy glow that filled my own life.

    • (With apologies for a potentially crass question): Did you see and, if so, what did you think of Blue is the Warmest Colour, Carole? French to the core, certainly, but was it also just a male perv’s fantasy?

      • I didn’t enjoy Carol. It seemed too much like two actresses playing respectively Lauren Bacall and Audrey Hepburn playing in a fifties film. A film within a film. I found it exquisitely photographed with great period detail but emotionally uninvolving.

        • Ah! Never thought of it like that but that makes sense. But it actually makes me like the film more.

          I understood the characters as playing a role to hide what she was about in Carol’s case and as searching for identity in Therese’s. And affecting the personas of film stars makes sense, for me at least.

          I actually watched Carol with a woman I was supposed to be emotionally uninvolved with back in the 1990s. The playing it cool was initiated by a book not gloves to test the almost imperceptible frisson. We were then able to become acquaintances due to professional needs and a mutual hobby. There was long distance travel to hotel rooms to get away from prying eyes but none of the drama of breaking a family or gender roles – although we would have hurt very close friends. But even on the last time we met we were still playing our roles – in public everything was under the surface – although we were both separated, single parents. We have concluded that we had never become “an item” because we lived in different cities (sometimes countries) and because one of us had always been in a relationship when the other was single. I won’t move now because I want to be where my children are settled. Her job is undeniably brilliant and she won’t move because of that.

          Anyway, on some levels, Carol made perfect sense to us and we both wished we had had Carol’s courage to act but it was so easy to deny any suspicions and just carry on with the pretence despite the love we had.

  3. I, too, will stick with three recommendations, all of which are somewhat unusual ;

    L’Atalante – probably my favourite film it concerns a young French girl who marries a bargeman from another village and their honeymoon, if you could call it that, is spent on the barge. The newlywed girl is less than impressed and their marriage is severely tested along the way but true love wins out in the end !

    Pickpocket – a brilliant study of the art of the pickpocket by Robert Bresson this film is also a subtle love story involving the pickpocket and a young woman who regularly visits his sick mother. The twist is that it is only after he is caught and put in prison that he realizes he is in love with the woman !

    Kes – a love story about a boy and his pet kestrel ! Casper, the boy, has no father and his elder brother is a bully but through befriending and looking after a young kestrel he discovers the love that is absent in his daily life. Needless to say, being a Ken Loach film, things do not turn out alright in the end !

    • Funk 69.
      3 Unanimous donds.
      If ’69” is your birthday I was then a student at the UCLA film school, I saw many films, usually foreign films literally every day, sometimes 2 a day. I saw dozens of French films that I loved, I remember Jean Vigo and Robt. Bresson very well, specifically the 2 you chose.
      Plus I grew up in Yorkshire so I had an affinity to Kes and Ken Loach so another dond right there.
      3 favorite films!

  4. One about falling unexpectedly in love is Love and Death on Long Island.
    John Hurt’s English literature professor (and widower) goes to the cinema for the first time in years. He intends to see an E M Forster adaptation but doesn’t know about modern multiplexes and, instead sees the latest in some High School hi jinx franchise.
    He falls in love with one of the male teen stars with results that are partly comic/tragic but also, in a way, uplifting I think.

    • If we’re doing threes, I’l add Lukas Moodyson’s Show Me Love and (swerving back to the mainstream) Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, which I love and adore – although I gather not many people here agree with me.

  5. Back in 1985 there weren’t many teen movies about romance, so I’ll go for The Sure Thing starring John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga.

    And another wise-cracking, cross-country journey leading to love would be It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A Frank Capra classic.

    Can’t remember who directed The Sure Thing. Wiki says Rob Reiner.

  6. And if anyone of any age doesn’t get a lump in their throat over Carl & Ellie at the beginning of Up!, they have no soul!!!!!

  7. One i’ve just started watching but haven’t yet finished – Secretary. But as i haven’t finished it yet, i’ll go for another James Spader film – White Palace.

  8. I’m an absolute sucker for Brokeback Mountain. I just adore it. The short story is amazing, but the film demonstrates a desperation, misery and euphoria I know I’ve felt when falling in love. Can watch it over and over.

  9. Watched The Handmaiden a couple of weeks ago. Full on Chan-wook Park thriller full of twists and turns and erotic weirdness. Loved it!

  10. Some Like it Hot, is one of my all time favorite movies.
    Brigadoon (Cid Charisse and Gene Kelly)
    Moonstruck -hilarious yet manages to let you fee the love every time you watch it

    Greetings RR. So good to see you going strong. New format is nice.
    It’s been a long while since I visited RR. I missed/miss you all very much. I’ve been ill. Gittin’ up in years causing Oldie some medical problems, and not feeling so goody. Dealing with stressful family issues, also.
    Haven’t listened to any music for months. Odd thing, I had a bout with the ‘blues’, and I could not listen to any, I don’t understand why. but thought I’d check in w/RR, and perhaps put my meager two cents in and try again.

  11. Sorry, that reply belongs to Brokeback Mountain.

    Welcome back, Oldie. Sympathise with health issues and a general feeling of crumbling away. I hope you manage to stay around and get back into listening to music again.

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