This week's edition of Friday Favorite is a little tribute to 1957's An Affair to Remember. Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It is a remake of the 1939 movie, Love Affair starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, both films were written and directed by Leo McCarey. It was also further remade in 1994 with Annette Benning and Warren Beatty.
Pretty good advertisement for the movie right? I guess I have Nora Ephron to thank for the movie suggestion. I actually just read that Sleepless in Seattle is the cause for a boom in VHS sales of An Affair to Remember, how funny. So naturally after graduating college I decided to seek it out. I think what's appealing about this movie is how it begins as a whimsical, silly love story. The two leads, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are very natural and flirtatious, while not looking for love (they are both betrothed to others). And there are a bunch of comical exchanges, such as the dinner scene when Nicky and Terry are trying to convince a boatload of people that they're not having an affair, but it just turns into a vignette of silent comedy.
Plot Summary: I feel like most people know the plot through other pop culture references, but here's a very brief summary. Two people Nicky Ferrante (Grant) and Terry McKay (Kerr) meet on a boat, they flirt and begin to fall in love (only as love can be conveyed in a 1950s movie, with hand grazes and sitting next to each other at a bar). The man is engaged to another and the woman just couldn't dare. When they realize they can't live without one another they decide to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in 6 months time so they can get their lives in order before marrying...I don't want to give away anymore. You'll have to see the movie if you want to know how it ends.
Favorite Witty Exchange:
It takes place while Terry is on a stairwell and Nikki continual circles around it.
Terry: Top of the mornin' to you
Nicky: And the rest of the day to you
Nicky: Now, listen...
Terry: No, no
Terry: Keep moving
Nicky: Oh, dear.
Nicky: Wait a minute, don't go away. Now, have you come to any conclusions yet?
Terry: No. Keep moving
Nicky: Oh, dear.
Terry: I miss you.
Nicky: I miss you too.
Terry: Why don't you telephone more often?
Nicky: I'll try, but you know.
Nicky: Were you going to say something?
Terry: No, I wasn't going to say anything.
Nicky: Oh, listen, couldn't we at least eat together, you know in your room or my room?
Terry: The news would be all around the ship before we'd had our salad.
Nicky: I know.
Terry: The crew talks too, you know. Do go around the other way. You're making me dizzy.
Nicky: Be better for me also, I can tell you that.
(Terry continues to walk up the stairs, while Nicky circles and a new set of legs come down the stairs)
Nicky: Oh, wait a minute darling, uh..
(A different lady appears)
Nicky: Listen darling, I...
(Nicky sees it's not Terry)
Nicky: That's odd, ha, well.
After watching the movie for the 100th time I decided to watch some of the special features on the DVD and it includes an interesting featurette, which has some clips of an interview with Deborah Kerr, she admits that many of her and Cary Grant's scenes were improvised, which I think adds to the naturalism and sweetness of their rapport. There's also some of an interview with Deborah Kerr's daughter who discusses how much they Kerr and Grant enjoyed working together. One running 'joke' that came out of the improvisations was when they would stop mid-conversation and one would say, 'what?' and the other would respond, 'I thought you were going to say something.'
|"winter is cold for those with no warm memories"|
|what a pair!|