Romance

Alfred Santell – That Brennan Girl (1946)

On Mother’s Day, 1946, in San Francisco, Ziggy Brennan thinks back on the events which have brought her to this day.

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Raised as a grifter by her single mother, a San Francisco girl (Mona Freeman, in the role that should have made her a star) learns to adjust her priorities when she is left a young war widow, with a child of her own to take care of. Unaccountably overlooked, this resonant, formally inventive film was the final work of the director Alfred Santell as well as the last leading role of Oscar-winner James Dunn. Read More »

Renato Castellani – Questi fantasmi AKA Ghosts – Italian Style (1967)

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Questi fantasmi is based on what was a very popular play by Eduardo De Filippo. In fact, so popular that it was filmed three times during the ’50s and ’60s. The version uploaded here was the latter of these three adaptations, directed by Renato Castellani, and starring Vittorio Gassman and Sophia Loren in the principal parts of the married couple, who moves into a house that may or may not be haunted. Its “classic” pedigree notwithstanding, the film feels very much like a ’60s production, and it is not Castellani’s best work, even if the charming performances by Gassman and (especially) Loren manage to keep things interesting. Possibly best of all is the opening sequence depicting the moment the two fall in love on a rooftop. over a cup of coffee, so to speak. Read More »

Dino Risi – Pane, amore e… aka Scandal in Sorrento (1955)

In this Italian romantic comedy set in the town of Sorrento, on the beautiful Bay of Naples, a woman rents a home from a dashing womanizer. Unfortunately, after 30 years away, the man returns to become the town police chief and wants to reclaim his home. The woman refuses to leave. The man then attempts to use his many charms. The ploy works and the woman agrees to dump her fiancé and marry him instead. When the womanizer realizes what she is about to do, he jilts her instead and decides to woo his own landlady instead. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Read More »

Douglas Sirk – Magnificent Obsession (1954)

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A wealthy young wastrel, Bob Merrick, cracks up his speedboat and almost dies, to be saved at the last minute by a resuscitator borrowed from the home of a famous surgeon who lives nearby. In the meantime the surgeon himself has suffered an attack, and, with his equipment out on loan, dies before he can be revived. The guilt-ridden Bob clumsily tries to make amends by romancing the surgeon’s young widow, Helen, but only causes further tragedy… Read More »

Nasir Hussain – Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)

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Three brothers are separated after their parents’ murder. Years later, their only hope of avenging their parents and reuniting as a family lies in the song they learned as children. Read More »

Jun Ichikawa – Tôkyô Marîgôrudo AKA Tokyo Marigold (2001)

21-year-old Eriko breaks up with her boy friend after their date at the circuit. But life without a boy friend is indeed dull. Boredom occupies her even after she completely switches her job. Then she meets Tamura at a party. Eriko takes a liking to Tamura. A few days later, when Eriko asks him out on date, Tamura happily accepts. However, during their date Tamura abruptly announces that he had a girlfriend studying in the U.S. Tamura’s innocent look enhances Eriko’s shock, as she returns home completely dumb struck. After this incident Eriko tries to give up on Tamura, but fate plays with her. A few days later, Eriko bumps into Tamura at a mini theater in. In seeing Tamura innocently laughing at the play, Eriko realizes her true feelings for him. Read More »

Noémie Lvovsky – Oublie-moi AKA Forget Me (1994)

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Cahiers du Cinéma chose Oublie-moi as its no. 5 pick of 1995 on its annual Top 10 list. Oublie-moi is directed by award-winning director Noémie Lvovsky (whose Les Sentiments was recently recognized as one of the greatest films of 2003 by long-standing Cahiers rival, Positif). Along with being one of the most accomplished and critically well-regarded new directors from France Lvovsky has also had her scripts filmed by the likes of Arnaud Desplechin and Philippe Garrell. Oublie-moi is also one of her original scripts. Read More »