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Two complicated people meet on an ocean voyage and fall in love.
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Playboy Michel (Charles Boyer) encounters nightclub singer Terry (Irene Dunne) and flirts with her, but backs away when she says that she's engaged. He is too. But they keep bumping into each other, and their friendship grows as their feelings do. As the voyage ends, they promise to meet in six months at the Empire State building, to see if Michel can be a responsible husband.
In the six months that follow, he does become a successful sign painter -- then a portrait artist. But on the day they're supposed to meet, Terry is run down by a car and may be crippled for life -- and the heartbroken Michel thinks she has dumped him. It will take another twist of fate to bring them back together.
"Love Affair" has been remade at least three times, including as the classic "Affair to Remember" and the blockbuster "Sleepless in Seattle." But though the original is the least known, it's still the most enchanting -- you can almost forget that you're watching a pair of actors doing their job. Most onscreen romances can't boast that.
The charm of their love affair is that it's so simple. They talk awkwardly, visit Michel's kindly old grandmother, and even pounce on a paparazzi who photographs them. The are obstacles, but director Leo McCarthy doesn't throw any strained artificial twists into the storyline. The whole crippled-by-a-car thing could have taken the movie into soapy-melodrama territory, but it's handled pretty matter-of-factly.
And Boyer and Dunne really make this movie.Read more ›
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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As much as I loved Cary grant in an affair to remember and Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in sleepless in Seattle you can't top the original. Read morePublished 2 days ago by sarah
This review is for "Love Affair" with Charles boyer and Irene Dunne. Studio: Alpha Video. Release Date: Sep 9 2003.
The DVD from Alpha is NOT good quality. Read more
Delta Entertainment didn't care much for restoring the movie. The quality of picture is bad, very grainy; sometimes picture frame moves over the whole screen; I have even seen... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Gene
Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne star in this delightful romance movie, which opens with some brilliant dialogue, then devolves into a convoluted melodrama, as the screenwriters... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
Irene Dunne glows in this movie. She delivers the jokes and poignant lines in an effortless, natural way way Kerr never could. Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by earthcup
Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer star as a pair of sophisticates who meet and fall in love while on a cruise. Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by Robert Ortiz
This is an abominably engineered DVD of a great movie. It isn't worth one cent of its bargain-basement price. Don't buy it -- get this title on VHS instead. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2002 by Ken Hollingsworth