The theme of the week is our favorite movie(s) for romance. I’m a huge, huge fan of Cary Grant. Love all of his movies, from the silly, madcap ones of his early years, to the suspense ones with Hitchcock and even the ones from his later years where he was paired with much younger women. He’s the quintessential suave man. Heck, he was even adorable with his chicken legs in I Was an English War Bride. I own most of his movies and adore them all.
I want to talk about two of them today. For different reasons- One is mushy and the other one is just a great story with some great elements of suspense. One of them is An Affair to Remember. It has to be one of the most tear jerker movies I’ve ever seen. I swear, I own it, I’ve watched it at least 30 times and I cry every time. Every. Single. Time. I know what’s gonna happen, I know how it ends, but every time he goes into her apartment and she’s on the couch and I see the truth dawn on him, I sob. AND I mean, sob. It makes me cry every time. Without fail. Even when I tell myself not to do it, I do. It’s crazy, I know, but it happens.
The other one I want to talk about is Notorious. Gotta love that one, too. Claude Rains is the perfect villain. AND the woman that plays his mother is just evil incarnate. Cary is so handsome and debonair in this movie. Ingrid Bergman is perfection. This movie seems to meet all the requirements of a classic romance (except one). Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have a huge misunderstanding and separate. The part that is not traditional is her marrying someone besides the hero. This movie is just spine chilling and the love story is wonderful. When Dev comes to rescue his love, he’s unstoppable. AND awesome.
If you haven’t watched Cary lately, this is the perfect month to do so. The month of love! Happy viewing!