10 Films, 10 Decades (Romance)


Broken Blossoms
Release Date: May 13, 1919
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Bathelmess, Donald Crisp
Director: D. W Griffith
Writer: D.W Griffith
Plot: A man leaves his native China to spread the message of Buddha. He meets the abused daughter (Broken Blossom) of a boxer and begins to fall in love with her.
Thoughts: Of course I wish the role played by Caucasian actor Richard Bathelmess was instead played by a Chinese actor. I rarely watch movies where a n Asian character is played by a white actor in yellow face. It is a offensive. However the path this story took surprised me. Griffiths story differed from the original story by Thomas Burke in that it portrayed the Chinese character in a more positive light.
Trivia: Adapted from a story by Thomas Burke


Release Date: 1927
Starring: Margaret Livingston, George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor
Director: F.W Murnau
Writer: Hermann Sudermann
Plot: A women from the city falls in love with a man from the lakeside town she has been vacationing in. She tries to convince him to murder his wife by drowning her in the lake.
Thoughts: I saw Sunrise while in school on a big screen. What better way to watch a movie? I wasn’t very versed in silent film at the time so I wasn’t to keen on watching it. My mind was changed by the end. The film felt very much like the picture inside your head when you read a book.
Trivia: Scenario by Carl Mayer

It Happened One night

It Happened One Night
Release Date: 1934
Starring: Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable.
Director: Frank Capra
Writer:Robert Riskin
Plot: A spoiled heiress runs away after her marriage to an aviator. She reluctantly accepts help from a reporter she meets on a bus home.
Thoughts: I have never been the biggest fan of romance. There is however the occasional story that peaks my interest. The chemistry and comedy made for a romantic film with a funny twist.
Trivia: First film the sweep the Oscar’s.

I Marriad a Witch

I Married a Witch
Release Date: 1942
Starring: Veronica Lake and Fredric March
Director: Rene Clair
Plot: An executed witch from the 17th century possesses a women’s body. She seeks revenge on the distant relative of her persecutor.
Thoughts: I grew up loving Bewitched so it was only a matter of time before I discovered this film.
Trivia: Lake and March did not get along during filming.


Release Date:1954
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder
Plot: Infatuated with the playboy son to a wealthy family her father works for Sabrina leaves for Paris where she becomes more sophisticated and elegant. When she returns David finally notices her. The only problem is his older brother begins to fall in love with her and she is starting to feel the same.
Thoughts: What can you say about these three marvelous actors and human beings that already hasn’t been said. I have mentioned Director Billy Wilder several times. He is a favorite of mine.
Trivia: A remake with the same name was released in 1995

Tammy and the doctor

Tammy and the Doctor
Release Date: 1963
Starring: Sandra Dee and Peter Fonda
Director:Harry Keller
Writer: Oscar Brodney
Plot: The third in a series of films. Tammy played by Sandra Dee gets a job as a nurses assistant at the hospital where a friend is having surgery. Peter Fonda plays her love interest.
Thoughts: I caught this film while watching the rest of the series. The first starred Debbie Reynolds in the main role. All of the Tammy films are wholesome fun for the family.
Trivia: A scene in the film references Bernard Schwartz, Tony Curtis’s real name.


Harold and Maude
Release Date:1971
Starring: Bud Court and Ruth Gordon
Director: Hal Ashby
Plot: A black, romantic comedy Harold and Maude centers around a young man intrigued by death and his eventual relationship with a 79 year old women who lives life to the fullest.
Thoughts: I first heard of this film in my early teens and as you can imagine I wasn’t really intrigued. Then I got a little older and caught the film on television. From the first scene I was fascinated  by the overall plot and atmosphere of the film. Even if you don’t enjoy your typical romantic films you may find yourself loving this one.

gregorys girl

Gregory’s Girl
Release Date: 1981
Starring: John Gordon Sinclair
Director:  Bill Forsyth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Plot: In this coming of age tale set in Scotland Gregory must compete for the affections of Dorothy the center forward on his school’s football team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thoughts: I first caught this film on TV. Sadly it was in the middle of the film but I ended up catching it in full awhile later and fell in love with the adorably awkward John Gordon Sinclair.


You’ve Got Mail
Release Date: 1998
Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Director:Nora Ephron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Writers: Nora and Delia Ephron                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Plot: You’ve Got Mail is an adaptation of the play Pargumeire and the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner. It is an updated concept using email instead up letters. The two admirers are unaware of that they know each other away from there computers and are not to fond of each other in there daily lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thoughts: You’ve Got Mail reunites Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in their third film together. Still igniting with chemistry You’ve Got Mail is a must see for all lovers of Romantic Comedies.


Release Date: 2000
Starring: Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp                                                                                                                                                                                              Director: Lasse Hallstrom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Novel by:    Joanne Harris Adapted by: Robert Nelson Jacobs                                                                                                                                                                Plot: A mother moves to a small French town with her daughter. She opens a Chocolate shop and her sweets begin to change the lives of the town’s people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thoughts: One of my go to movies on a down day Chocolat is one of my top five Romantic films.                                                                                           Photo Source: http://www.impawards.com/2000/chocolat_xlg.html

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