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Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

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Postby mrsl » October 22nd, 2008, 7:10 pm

They all had it, the actors of the Golden Age, that ability to say volumes with just a look. Very few of today's young actors have it.

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Postby jdb1 » October 23rd, 2008, 8:32 am

I don't mean to turn this into a Cary Grant thread, but this CG tribute on YouTube has Vic Damone singing the theme to An Affair to Remember, and -- Cary and Vic in the same place -- well, it's just too much to resist.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWQMhedJIFc[/youtube]

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Postby knitwit45 » October 23rd, 2008, 8:39 am

WOW! :shock: What a way to start the day! Vic and Cary....a lethal combination for this old heart..... :oops: :oops: :oops:

Can you think of any other movie star that aged as gracefully as Cary Grant? I can't either!

Thanks for kick-starting my day, Judith.
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Postby rudyfan » October 23rd, 2008, 10:16 am

jdb1 wrote:I don't mean to turn this into a Cary Grant thread, but this CG tribute on YouTube has Vic Damone singing the theme to An Affair to Remember, and -- Cary and Vic in the same place -- well, it's just too much to resist.


Thanks for posting that. I concur, Cary Grant was (and still is) just the best. That man was talented (stating the obvious) and was good looking and charming until the day he passed away (again, I state the obvious).

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Postby charliechaplinfan » October 25th, 2008, 2:52 pm

mrsl wrote:They all had it, the actors of the Golden Age, that ability to say volumes with just a look. Very few of today's young actors have it.

Anne


Anne, the sad thing is I can't think of an actor today who does have it.

Cary Grant, sigh, he really did have it. Never so much as in his screwball comedy phase. A tad too orange for me in his later years. Very good looking though.

I remember on a previous board I posted on that a member had said that her mother had seen Cary in the flesh and he was stunning. How jealous I am.
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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby Vienna » October 30th, 2012, 4:58 pm

Don't normally like remakes, but prefer An Affair to Remember, mainly because I'm not a fan of Charles Boyer.
Would have loved Grant and Dunne together. I agree Cary can convey so much with his facial expressions. He is so moving too in the scene where he touches the chairs where Deborah Kerr and Cathleen Nesbitt have sat. You feel his pain.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby JackFavell » October 30th, 2012, 5:31 pm

Oh I definitely like Love Affair better, it's got such a light touch, and Boyer.... ooh la la! He and Dunne have such chemistry.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby Rita Hayworth » October 31st, 2012, 6:50 am

I prefer LOVE AFFAIR over AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER because of the Charm of BOYER and the Beauty and Grace of DUNNE.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby kingrat » November 26th, 2012, 6:53 pm

Vienna, you have company. I greatly prefer AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, not even close. Is it because that's the one I saw first? The print TCM has shown of LOVE AFFAIR is not too good, and it's a fairly low-budget affair. Not only does the remake add color and a bigger budget, it adds more comedy and thus has a better balance; the saccharine interlude with Irene Dunne singing to the kiddies drags the original down, given the smaller amount of comedy. Nothing against Ouspenskaya, but I prefer Nesbitt.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby mrsl » December 9th, 2013, 11:32 am

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I dragged this older thread up to point out a couple of different impressions.

1. This is one of those movies that I have watched countless (and I mean literally countless) times. I watched them over and over usually simply because I love the storyline, such as Casablanca and Steel Magnolias. I used two movies from different generations because for Steel Magnolias, a terrific cast, good story, and great director all combined to make a memorable film, as had been done during the 40's and 50's. In the 13 years since the turn of the century, there have only been a handful of movies that I have enjoyed several times and will try to purchase when they go on the $5.00 rack, two of them being, We Bought a Zoo, and The Holiday ( where about one quarter of the film is spent in talking about classic movies. Very few recent films have the charm and lasting impressions of the earlier eras.

2. As many time as I've seen An Affair to Remember (the first time when I was about 14, more than a half century ago), it only occurred to me today watching it on another cable channel that we never see Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in a kissing scene. Oh, they do a lot of quick pecks on the cheek, but never any real embraces. Even at the very end they don't kiss, it's just a big hug and drying each other's tears.

3. Having discovered another new channel INSP, I'm watching Little House on the Prairie again. A program which again, I have seen many episodes 3 and 4 times, but never tire of them.
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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby Fossy » December 10th, 2013, 6:14 pm

Love Affair, 88 minutes, featured pot bellied actor Charles Boyer, complete with receding hairline, and a magnetism to Irene Dunne which could be seen and felt throughout the entire show. Add to this the performance of the great Maria Ouspenskaya and we have a truly great film. The film received six Oscar nominations, four for the movie, for Irene , Best actress, and for Maria best supporting actress.

An Affair To Remember,119 minutes. A colour movie, and a good movie, great to watch receiving four Oscar nominations for the movie, and no nominations for the wooden stars, Cary Grant , Deborah Kerr (even if she is one of the loveliest actresses of all time) and Cathleen Nesbitt.

As one would expect, sound, visual clarity, and colour improved greatly in the eighteen years between the movies. Nevertheless my preference is definitely for the original.

The movie was updated and remade again in 1994 with Warren Beatty , Annette Bening and Katherine Hepburn, but I have not seen this show.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby JackFavell » December 10th, 2013, 9:19 pm

Oh my Fossy, you are pretty straightforward here, good luck with the responses! Some people are really crazy about the Grant film. Nevertheless, I agree with you about Love Affair, I really find it more to my taste than the other one, though I find myself watching either when they are on TCM.

Even if I were to admit that Boyer had a belly, I'd still say he was one of the sexiest men who ever graced the screen. :D

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby Lomm » December 11th, 2013, 8:34 am

Wooden stars? :evil: I enjoy both movies but lean toward the remake because of Grant. I watched, but never cared for, the Beatty/Bening version.

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby JackFavell » December 11th, 2013, 8:45 am

Lomm, Grant is marvelous, and there is NOTHING better in this world than Grant in a European setting. MAYBE Boyer in a European setting. :D :D

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Re: Love Affair or An Affair to Remember?

Postby Rita Hayworth » December 11th, 2013, 10:08 am

I say it a thousand times ... the team of BOYER and DUNNE is hard to beat and I find that Charles Boyer's charm too irresistible to pass up and when you add the grace and the beauty of Irene Dunne ... this pairing is a sure fire thing. I rather watch LOVE AFFAIR over AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER any day of the week. I love AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER ... but not as good as LOVE AFFAIR elegance and romance that both Boyer and Dunne brings.


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