Tuesday, 18 January 2011

An Affair To Remember (1957): Because... IT IS CARY GRANT'S BIRTHDAY!!!

I was so happy when I got home from school and I saw all of the Cary Grant "Happy Birthday" posts on my dashboard! I was like this.

January 18th 1904 - November 29 1986
So, in honour of his awesomeness, I am going to review An Affair To Remember which not only has him in it, it has Deborrah Kerr as well. Need I say more? Also, thanks so much to everyone who read my North By Northwest post. I have had loads of great comments on it. So whithout further ado, here is the review!

An Affair To Remember
Cast:
Plot:
International playboy, Nickie Ferrante and refined singer and muscician, Terry McKay could not come from more different worlds. They meet on a cruise from Europe to New York and fall in love. They both have the same problem, they are each engaged to someone else.
While on the ship they live a glamourous life of pink champagne and fine dining experiences, but they both know that they will have to go back to their partners after the voyage. When they stop off in France, Nickie takes Terry to see his grandmother in her mountainside villa.
They grow even more close after his grandmother expresses her admiration for Terry and how she is helping Nickie to be more like he used to be before he became a renowned playboy. Now seeing Nickie in a new light she falls even more in love with him, and at the end of the voyage they both decide that they will meet each other at the Empire State Building (Terry says "It's the closest thing we have to heaven in New York") in six months if they still feel the same way about each other.
All goes according to plan at first, with Terry breaking up with her partner and going back to work as a singer and Nickie effectively doing the same and starting to paint again (he had always had a gift for art). But on the way to the skyscraper to meet Nickie...

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Terry is hit by a taxi and is paralyzed from the waist down. Nickie, unaware of Terry's situation, waits at the top of the Empire State Building until midnight and then assumes that she no longer feels the way she did about him. Once recovered sufficiently, Terry starts teaching music at a local elementary school. Nickie is still devastated by the incident, but Terry refuses to go to see him because she doesn't want to be accepted just because of her injury. Later on, at Christmas, Nickie goes to see her, and because she is sitting down (and can't get up) he thinks she is being rude and makes some none too subtle remarks about how he waited for many hours for her at the Empire State Building.
But he sees something that makes him realise why she couldn't make it... And they all thive happily ever after :-)!!!
Review:
This is such a weepy film, and I just love Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant together. What a great duo! Watching this I realise yet again that I love Cary Grant so much and he is probably one of the best actors evah. You may or may not have read my post on double-takes, but I found a picture of the woman (playing Nickie/CG's grandmother) who does that really strange one!
Yay! I would reccomend this film to anyone, it is such a weepy!

~Bette

3 comments:

Libby said...

Happy Birthday Cary! And it looks like a great film.

Pet Taxi said...

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Michaƫl Midoun said...

It's not Cary's birthday yet, but I just saw this movie (for the second time) last night with my daughter out here in Paris at the Action Christine theatre, and she loved it: hopefully she'll be able to pass it on to her children later on. Cary's magic debonair attitude is as modern as they come. She's only seen him in Hitchcock's movies - she can now appreciate a wider range of his talent.

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