I'm struggling with romance movies. I know there are a ton out there but my mind draws a blank. I also know there are more romance films where they start out hating each other before true love blooms, you know that, 5 years later they are divorcing. Wandering through the Shelves has made me put my thinking cap on so let's see what I came up with.
I do love this film which is one of the last great musicals starring the enchanting Leslie Caron as Gigi. She is a sweet, fun girl who is friends with Gaston, a bachelor...a filthy rich bachelor who goes out with many girls who all vie to be his next mistress. He comes to visit Gigi and her grandmother( played so well by the enchanting Hermione Gingold) because it provides a respite from the arduous duties of a rich playboy. He has a good friend and Uncle in bon vivant Maurice Chevalier ( who was a real curmudgeon in real life) who thanks heaven for little girls because they grow up. He is not a psycho nutbar like Weinstein but is just an old man in love with love through women. One of the best scenes is his duet with Gigi's grandmother whom he had a great romance with many years ago. When Gigi grows into being a beautiful woman, the playboy realizes he has someone special. He realizes he loves her but she does not want to be some mistress. Will love triumph?
2. TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA-1970
Now, you may not think this works but I think it does - a romance Western with a twist. Clint Eastwood plays a man, who seemed to come right from a Sergio Leone Western, who comes across a woman about to be gang raped by a group of thugs. The thugs are dealt with by Clint and his handy gun and Clint finds out the woman( Shirley MacLaine in a great role) is a nun and soon he is reluctantly helping her get back to the Mexican revolutionaries who are trying to overthrow the French control. They become friends and help each other get out of a few predicaments. He is surprised that she has some unique habits( sorry) like a penchant for cigars and alcohol. They make a good team especially when they get to her town and the group she is helping. This is very funny, has some good surprises and the music is fun( the music was used in the 2nd Sherlock Holmes film with Robert Downey Jnr) which was written by the great Ennio Morricone.
I really didn't think I would like this movie until I was sick and had to stay in bed. Maybe it was the fever but I found this Emma adaptation a nice movie with more depth that I was not expecting. Alicia Silverthorne plays Cher who is a rich Beverly Hills teen who is very popular and knows how to speak Valley Girl ( anyone remember that...grody to the max!). She wants a better grade so she becomes a matchmaker to 2 teachers and is happy with the result. Her ex-step brother helps her dad, the lawyer, and Cher and ex-bro, Josh, spar but rely on one another as they get to know more about the other. She helps an awkward nerd become a popular girl but things get out of hand making Cher doubt herself. Who knew her ex-step bro would be the one she relies on most. Yeah, it's kind of icky because he is an ex-step brother but it seems to work.
So what are your 3 choices?