One of my favorite romantic movies is “An Affair to Remember” with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. The couple meets on a cruise and fall madly in love, in spite of the fact that each is engaged to someone else. They decide they must wait to make sure the love is lasting and plan to meet a year later at the top of the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way. One does not make it…and the romance seems doomed.
The movie was made in 1957. One of the reasons that I love older movies is that they don’t have to show sex scenes which makes the effect of the romance much stronger since some things are left to the imagination. Romance does not equal sex in my opinion. Certainly it includes it, in due time, but in today’s movies sex is all that matters…two complete strangers meet and they can’t wait to tear off each others clothes and have meaningless sex. No wonder in real life the guy doesn’t call back…he’s gotten what he wanted. Is this supposed to be romantic? I don’t get it.
Young people today give “rotten tomatoes” ratings to movies such as “An Affair to Remember.” Of course it was re-made later and lost all of the original charm, glamor and romance. So, if you plan to watch this wonderful movie, make sure it’s the original.
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