Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Movie Guide to Valentine's Day

Did You Know?  According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card sending holiday of the year.  Now that's a whole lot of cards!


For those celebrating a quiet Valentine’s Day

at home, brings you a list of notable romantic films suited for a variety of moods.  Here are some suggested Valentine's films:


Classic Favorites:


Casablanca (1942) – An intense love triangle between a jaded nightclubowner in French-occupied Morocco during World War II. (HumphreyBogart), his ex-lover (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband, a famous Czech rebel and nationalist (Paul Heinreid), is at the center of this movie, which is perhaps the greatest love story ever committed to film.


Gone With the Wind (1939) – the beautiful scheming Scarlett O’Hara(Vivien Leigh) is a Southern belle whose world changes forever with the outbreak of the Civil War. Scarlett struggles to survive the war and its aftermath, as well as her passionate, tortured relationship with the man who may be her soul mate, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).


Roman Holiday (1953) – This romantic comedy stars Audrey Hepburn as the bored Princess Anne, who escapes her entourage during a diplomatic visit to Rome and sets out to have fun, aided by a handsome American newspaper reporter (Gregory Peck) who angles for an exclusive interview but ends up –surprise!—falling in love with her.


An Affair to Remember (1957) – Terry (Deborah Kerr) and Nickie (Cary Grant) meet and fall in love on a ship traveling across the Atlantic Ocean. Both engaged to other people, they say goodbye, but agree to meet atopthe Empire State Building in six months if their feelings remain the same.


History, Adventure and Romance:


Out of Africa (1985) – Based on the autobiography of the Danish writer Isak Dinesen, this movie stars Meryl Streep in one of her most celebrated performances. As a young wife largely abandoned by her husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) on a plantation in Nairobi, she interacts with the native population and falls in love with an aristocratic hunter (Robert Redford).


Shakespeare in Love (1998) – A fun imagining of the young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes), who struggles with writer’s block until he meets a rich young woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) who also secretly disguises herself as a man in order to play the lead in Shakespeare’s new play, which will become Romeo and Juliet.


Offbeat Romances:


The Princess Bride (1987) – This comedy, a tongue-in-cheek version of a classic fairy tale, tells the story of Wesley (Cary Elwes), a poor stable boy who returns from adventures at sea to rescue his true love, the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), who has been chosen to marry an evil price.


When Harry Met Sally (1989) – A modern classic for romantic comedy lovers starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. It explores the question: Can men and women really be friends? (Source:


Happy Valentine's Day!


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