‘Love Affair’

A tear-jerker from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Love Affair is regarded as one of the most tragic and romantic of all celluloid love stories.

A splendidly quick-witted Terry McKay (Irene Dunne – I Remember Mama, Life With Father) meets the debonair playboy, Michael Marnay (Charles Boyer – Gaslight, Fanny) aboard a luxury transatlantic liner. Whilst travelling alone, both are involved with others. Yet a romance blossoms and they agree to meet atop the Empire State Building in six months time if they remain interested in each other. But fate refuses to flow smoothly.

Directed by Leo McCarey (The Awful Truth, Going My Way), regarded as a master of mixing saccharine sentimentality and caustic comedy, Love Affair is an exceedingly well-written early rom-com, one that has soul.

Nominated for 6 Oscars in 1940 including best film, actress, supporting actress (Maria Ouspenskaya) and original script.

Rating: 64%

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