“I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” — Dirty Dancing
“Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy. Oh, that sounds like three favors, doesn’t it?”–Julia Roberts, My Best Friend’s Wedding
“It seems right now that all I’ve ever done in my life is making my way here to you.“–Clint Eastwood, The Bridges of Madison County
What comes to your mind when you think of these incredibly romantic lines? The antidote to anything seemingly mundane and ordinary, the intangible chemistry between the classic couples and the films they breathed life into, the throbbing, pulsating rhythm of your heart as you were quite unconsciously a part of the spring and mirth of this carnival called ‘love? As an ardent admirer of Hollywood’s most memorable romance classics spanning decades, I unmistakably feel my pulses rising with the sheer aura of the onscreen romances portrayed so very lovingly in the silver screen of the yesteryears. From the saga of star-crossed lovers meeting during wartime under the Moorish arches of Rick’s Café American in “Casablanca”, to the exquisite epic story of love, “Gone With The Wind”– based on Margaret Mitchell’s bestselling Civil War epic (which defined the term “Hollywood blockbuster”), I have an insatiable appetite for each of them.
How can I ever forget the sweeping emotions of the magic of a shipboard romance which charms a Frenchman and American woman (Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, respectively) into each other’s arms in “Love Affair”? Or the phenomenal romance between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in “An Affair To Remember”, where a man and a woman meet on a ship crossing an ocean and fall in love, only to part ways, promising to meet dramatically on the top of Empire State Building, New York, which unfortunately, doesn’t happen later? Equally unforgettable is the timeless love saga, “Roman Holiday”, which happens to be the most priceless transient romance between a disguised princess and a handsome American reporter (Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, respectively).”
Excerpts from my article, ‘The Myriad Magical Hues of Love: Onscreen Romances and Hollywood’, featured at B’Khush.com, a monthly online magazine by women, of women, and for women, and not to forget their better halves 🙂
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