Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Expert Advice: Elizabeth's Favorite Romantic Films

February is upon us and with that our thoughts turn to love.  I recently picked up a copy of Town and Country Magazine and noticed a picture of Allie McGraw on the cover and could not help but think of her in the charming role as Jenny in the movie Love Story.  With that I began to think more about other movies about love that I so fondly remember.  Some of them date quite a while back and others are more recent.  Who can resist a good old fashioned tale of romance and true love? 

So I thought I would write about some of my favorite movies.  It is hard to say just which one beats out all of the others but the following are truly close to my heart:

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." Despite that famous line, Cathy and Heathcliff just can't make it work in this 1939 adaptation of Emily Bronte's masterpiece of a novel. 

Considered one of the greatest films of all time (star-crossed lovers in war-torn settings make for great storytelling), Casablanca is a romance not to be missed. If you've never seen it, we suggest you rectify that immediately. 

Another one you can file under "Interpretations of great novels about ill-fated love," Dr. Zhivago is the story of a Russian poet and the wife of a political activist who fall for each other during Russia's Bolshevik Revolution.

Possibly the greatest feel-good romantic comedy ever, Pretty Woman stars Julia Roberts as a plucky "working girl" in thigh-high pleather boots who is rescued from a life of pimps and irresponsible roommates by business titan Richard Gere. Julia's famous laugh is infectious, so pop this one in if you need to stop the tears after watching one of the films we mentioned above. 

Listen up, sorority girls: this one stars your idol, Audrey Hepburn, as a princess who escapes her restrictive  royal confines to spontaneously spout poetry, romp about Rome on a Vespa and fall in love with a slightly unethical American journalist (played by Gregory Peck)

In one of Tom Hanks' most endearing roles, Forrest Gump leads an extraordinary life but struggles with his love for childhood sweetheart Jenny, who hasn't fared as well as in her own life., 

"I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."

Director Cameron Crowe's first film, starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, is one of the best of the iconic 1980's teen movies. Really-not-annoying nice guy Lloyd Dobbler wins his dream girl, Diane, and in the process makes an epic romantic gesture with a boom box that no one will ever stop dreaming about. 

Another one starring perennial ladies' favorite, Richard Gere, this is the tale of a man who needs to grow up, and does so with the help of a terrifying Naval drill instructor and a good woman.  

Just like in these movies, love is truly in the air here in our store as we are getting ready for the "BIG" day for flowers, and also as we approach wedding season.  There is nothing quite like romance! 

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