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Celebrating Valentine’s Day: 10 Memorable Scenes

imagesValentine’s Day – synonymous with love and romance – is celebrated with hearts, chocolates and flowers. When it comes to love and romance in movies, what makes a scene noteworthy? Is it the steamy physical connection, or is it the emotional baring of one’s soul? Is it fighting for love, or is it letting go? Is it being in the moment, or is it revisiting the past? Is it the promise of what’s to come, or is it mourning the one who got away? These memorable scenes represent all the above and more. Enjoy!

 

1.  It Happened One Night (1934)

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Clip:  Do you love my daughter?

 

2.  Carmen Jones (1954)

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Clip: Blow on ’em, sugar.

 

3. North by Northwest (1959)

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Clip:  I never discuss love on an empty stomach.

 

4.  The Way We Were (1973)

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Clip:  Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.

 

5.  Coming to America (1988)

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Clip:  To be loved.

 

6. Mi Familia (1995)

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Clip:  It’s time to get new.

 

7.  Love & Basketball (2000)

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 Clip:  Double or nothing.

 

8.  Before Sunset (2004)

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Clip: Relationships

 

9.  Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Clip: Where’s Tiffany?

 

10.  The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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Cheek to Cheek with Fred and Ginger

“She gave him sex and he gave her class.” – Katharine Hepburn

Ironically, many of my favorite movies were produced during the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s when moral restrictions were strongly regulated and enforced by the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (“Hays Code”).  Its guidelines addressed violence, nudity, profanity and sex.  By the late 1950s, the Hays Code’s influence on the film industry was greatly reduced due to anti-trust rulings and competition from television and foreign films.  The Hays Code was eventually replaced by the current MPAA film rating system in 1968.

Sometimes I miss the Hays Code and the inventiveness it inspired.  Top Hat exemplifies the creative and subtle qualities that are often lacking in today’s more explicit films.  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers effectively convey romance and passion in “Cheek to Cheek” – the film’s classic centerpiece – without removing any clothes or sharing a kiss.  Watch Fred and Ginger elegantly dance through the stages of seduction from courtship to afterglow.  Cigarette, anyone?