Today is a little bit of a different blog tour as I am leaving the CHOUETT stage to author Adele Parks author of the recently released title “If You Go Away”. Here Adele is sharing with us her TOP 10 list of romantic movies. I have to admit to have a few in common with her myself. But for now. Enjoy!!
Curating a list a top ten most romantic movies turned out to be is considerably more difficult than I initially imagined. I believe we watch movies, read novels and listen to music not simply to be entertained but to find ourselves in the art, in the characters and in the plots; we want to be validated or comforted, so a lot of my choices are connected to particularly turbulent or exciting times in my romantic life. I also realised that I have a leaning towards the tragic when I think about romantic movies. I’m all about the ‘what if’, the missed opportunities, the aching brevity of adoration and the unsuitable unions that are doomed from the start. Undeniably longing, unrequited love, passionate triangles and the violent end to love has provided the themes for some of cinema’s most celebrated and uncompromising movies. I love a grand, sweeping, weepy epic of a film; I’m also seduced by heart breaking, stiff upper lips and dignified self-sacrifice. After much soul searching I distilled my choice down to the following.
- Moulin Rouge (2001)
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
- Titanic (1998)
- A Very Long Engagement (2004)
- Gone With The Wind (1939)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Romeo + Juliet (1996)
- My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
So, what is your favourite romantic movie of all time? Mine has to be “Pretty Woman”!!
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I SO love Moulin Rouge! A guy I knew from the Glasgow music scene round about 1988-90 did the music for it, Craig Armstrong. He does most of Baz Luhrmann’s film’s music now – although obviously we don’t move in the same circles anymore! He and his wife Laura are lovely people, though.
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