Sunday, February 26, 2006
When I was sick and the children weren't here, Thursday, I decided to carry on my romance research by watching the movie Casablanca. Hadn't watched it for years. DH isn't fond of black and whites or costume dramas. In fact, I distinctly remember lying to him when Sirens came out in the theatres and just telling him Elle MacPherson got her kit off--and didn't tell him the kit was nineteenth century. He groaned when we got there, but we saw the movie. Who could resist a naked Elle?
Anyway. Casablanca :) What a fab movie. People always go on about the lighting and direction--and it is great in all these aspects, but it is the chemistry and the acting and the character driven plot that totally makes the movie work. I don't find Humphery particularly attractive--he's the polar opposite of my husband--but in that movie, on the screen generally, he has such charisma, such low key, burning intensity that he captures you totally.
And Ingrid Bergman.
I think women regard beauty differently to men. To me Ingrid Bergman is absolutely beautiful. Those eyes and lips, her profile. Totally lovely. I actually have a friend who I think has that sort of beauty--she doesn't see it but many people do.
So I watched the movie and noticed all the romance taboos it broke. Married heroine, Rick and Ilsa had had an affair when she thought her husband had died. It was politically motivated and we didn't get our HEA.
So why does it work? I think because the decisions the characters make are morally right. True love doesn't bely the importance of doing the right thing. And maybe that says more about what true love really is...An ideal connection, an unbreakable bond, something that doesn't have to be stated or proved, but just is? I don't know who wrote Casablanca, it strikes me though it is a typical man ending. Think Nick Evan's Horse Whisperer, Nick Sparks' Message in a Bottle, Robert James Waller's Bridges of Madison County.
I also think Casablanca works because you hope (or at least I do), that Rick and Ilsa get a second chance back in the States, after the war is over.
And at least they'll always have Paris...