Tag Archives: Romance

An American in Paris: Art, Dance & Romance

WHAT A JOY! IT’S M–G–M‘S TECHNICOLOR MUSICAL!  ”An American in Paris” first saw the light of day in 1928. A jazzy orchestral piece, it was written by George Gershwin and inspired by his years in Paris, an attempt to capture the city’s sights and sounds. In later interviews, he called it a ”rhapsodic ballet” that … Continue reading An American in Paris: Art, Dance & Romance

Finding Your Feet

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND DANCE. During her husband’s retirement party, Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) learns that he’s been cheating on her with another woman for the past five years; her life in pieces, Sandra turns to her older sister (Celia Imrie) – who is nothing like her. A comedy-drama for older viewers in the vein … Continue reading Finding Your Feet

All Roads Lead to Rome

SOMETIMES FIRST LOVE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE… American Maggie Falk (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her teenage daughter Summer (Rosie Day) arrive in Rome on vacation, but Summer is determined to escape back to the U.S. and save her no-good boyfriend from jail. The Swedish director’s first English-language movie is a romantic comedy that typically looks … Continue reading All Roads Lead to Rome

Practical Magic

PREPARE TO COME UNDER THEIR SPELL. Two Massachusetts sisters (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) who come from a long line of witches live with a curse that says any man who falls in love with them is doomed. Director Griffin Dunne followed up Addicted to Love (1997) with another romantic film, this one with a supernatural … Continue reading Practical Magic

Gone With the Wind: Fall of the Old South

THE GREATEST ROMANCE OF ALL TIME! Last August, news came that a cinema in Memphis, Tennessee had decided not to screen Gone With the Wind because of numerous complaints. Ever since its premiere the film’s rosy portrait of life in the South before the Civil War has been criticized. The poor treatment of African-Americans has … Continue reading Gone With the Wind: Fall of the Old South

The Jane Austen Book Club

SIX MONTHS. SIX NOVELS. SIX MEMBERS.  Screenwriter Robin Swicord has adapted many novels in the past and this project seemed fitting for her feature film directing debut, a story depicting six people who form a book club devoted to Jane Austen’s novels. We follow them over the course of six months and fans of the … Continue reading The Jane Austen Book Club