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An Affair to Remember

Directed by Leo McCarey

USA, 1957

Cornerhouse, 9 December 2012

An Affair to Remember

It’s a stylish love story, despite the sometimes craven sentimentality (the choir of Norman Rockwell-style children is just too much) and the evident absurdity (Cary Grant’s character Nickie paints portraits from memory, and not even Picasso could do that).

The romance on the cruise ship, in the early portion of the film, is an entertaining affair; and there is one scene in New York where Nickie beholds the Empire State Building that has a brooding, an almost mystical power.  Deborah Kerr is OK, but she’s not the driven and desperate woman you see in From Here to Eternity.  There, she broke your heart; here, she’s rather bland.

As for the rest of the film, it is also OK, neither great nor dreadful, a workaday romantic comedy.

An Affair to Remember is showing again on Wednesday as part of the Matinee Classics season, further details are here.