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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

If I had to choose movies ...

for valentine's day, these might be some of them ...

* Romeo and Juliet ... a 1968 British-Italian cinematic adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Sir Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue ... The balcony scene ....



* The Next Three Days. This 2010 thriller film directed by Paul Haggis and starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, may not seem a choice for valentine's day, but I found it a profound example of love (I posted about it here). When the main character's wife is given 20 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit and when he's exhausted every legal possibility of getting her out, he doesn't make the best of things, instead he tells her, "I promise you, this will not be your life", and then he does what's necessary to make that so. He's like the person in Matthew 13:45-46 who gave up everything he had to keep the only thing he loved. Here's the trailer ...



* Vertigo ... this is a 1958 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. I posted about it here, but I'll just mention a scene in the film that is really affecting, in which the main character is embracing a woman who looks just like the dead woman he loves .....



* The Island ..... this 2005 science fiction film starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi, and Sean Bean, and directed by Michael Bay, may not seem on the face of it to be a romantic film, but it really is. It tells about two people who come to know each other as platonic best friends willing to risk their lives for each other, and only at the end of the film do they realize they're in love. I wrote about this movie here, and here's a a clip from the movie, the part where they're told that they are clones ...




2 Comments:

Blogger Dina said...

Shalom Crystal. Thanks for your question. I answered. Next time I'll try to get you a better picture of the clergymen swinging the thurible.

2:59 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Diana - thansk :)

1:05 PM  

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