Anyway we were discussing North by Northwest today and three girls were giving a presentation about the production history, genre, etc. One of them was talking about genre and she said something about it combining action, adventure, mystery, romance, and drama. She seemed to act like this was revolutionary. Now North by Northwest is a good movie and all, but no. Genres are almost never pure. Rarely do you have a drama without a little comedy, etc. I think pretty much from the beginning adventure movies have some romance. Some examples- any Douglas Fairbanks movie I can think of, Wings, and all those Errol Flynn/ Olivia de Havilland movies. Heck, even Casablanca counts in that genre.
Later in the class period the Eva Marie Saint/ Cary Grant relationship in the film came up. Some thought it was awkward, and while I disagree, I can almost see their point. Some one called it 'fake' and my teacher pointed out that that is kind of intentional. But then the girl I talked about in the previous paragraph said that she guessed all old movies are like that because the other movies we'd seen in class had 'fake' romances. (The implication being that modern movies don't have fake romances) WAIT WHAT?!?
|I can't be romantic opposite a fake, Ingrid! Stop it!|
|Yes our marriage has no romance and is soooo fake|
|I'll bet she'd think we were fake.|
Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill in City Lights
Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in Now Voyager
Clara Bow and Donald Keith in The Plastic Age: Although not a perfect movie, by any movies, I love how Clara Bow's character takes a step back and grows up and lets him grow up. Best scene: when she is crying watching him play football
|I don't really care about him, see my tears?|
Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka: I watched this movie for the second time last year with my female room mates and we were all gushing over Melvyn Douglas' character. I love how he gets Ninotchka to laugh and then how he fights to get her out of Russia.
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins in Trouble in Paradise: they are so perfect for each other
Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer in Love Affair: the perfect romance, that last scene... (and in my opinion better than the remake)
|Lou's going to die, but eh I haven't demonstrated how|
much I love him throughout the whole movie
Mary Pickford and Mahlon Hamilton in Daddy Long Legs: although this romance is really short I love how concerned he is that he is too old for her. Also the poor little orphan girl really deserved something good from life.
Teresa Wright and Gary Cooper in The Pride of the Yankees
And some screen teams that nail romance in every movie of theirs I've seen:
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire: romance through dance- they are the best; probably my favorite of their dances is "Never Gonna Dance". They both put themselves into the dance so much, it's not fake at all, even when slightly undermined by a quick fix ending.
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart- my favorite scene of theirs is the end of Dark Passage, it made me cry because you know they have a great romance and I care about them because of that. They tell you everything with those few glances.
In conclusion I submit the proposition that romances were more often believable back then and that there is a reason, people still try to copy the great romances of the screen, most of which are from the Golden Age of Hollywood, so this girl doesn't know anything.