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Love Affair

Leo McCarey , Irene Dunne    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Two complicated people meet on an ocean voyage and fall in love.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little love affair Feb. 22 2007
Later remade multiple times, "Love Affair" is a semi-forgotten little romance movie from an earlier age of moviemaking. The plot is as simple and sweet as the title, with its tale of true love found, disrupted, and found again -- the sort of love affair we all wish we could have.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy It Anyway on DVD Dec 16 2002
By A Customer
The quality of the DVD is good enough to be able to enjoy the movie. No white outs, black outs or pixalation. On the other hand it is not what you can call great. I noticed a sound problem for a few minutes but I could tolerate it. This DVD is adequate until someone puts out a restored version. I prefer movies on DVD even if the VHS version is better. The story and actors are just great. In short don't pay too much and don't expect too much and you can enjoy a great old movie. That said let's hope someone restores it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Affair: Love Overcomes Adversity Aug. 28 2002
Format:VHS Tape
LOVE AFFAIR is one of many films whose theme is that love does not adhere to imposed schedule. What distinguishes this movie from other and similar ones is what the actors do and say after they realize this. Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) and Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) are each romantically involved with other people when they meet and fall in love on a sea voyage to New York. This sort of thing happens often enough in real life but their reaction to their new emotions reveals their basic decency and depth of feeling. They agree to meet months later on the top floor of the Empire State Building to cement their relation. Thus far, the tone is one of light, romantic comedy. However, LOVE AFFAIR takes an unexpected tragic detour as Terry is crippled in a car accident. Other movies have often dealt with issues in which one lover grows ill or crippled, but in this film, one of the lovers (Terry) makes things worse by hiding her condition by running away from Michel. For most of the second half, Terry and Michel are apart physically but connected emotionally. Each copes with the separation as best as they can. Michel's grief is probably the easier to cope with since he feels that he was unjustly jilted so what can he do about that except heal. Terry's grief is more multi-faceted since she has to live with a series of complicating factors, only one of which (her being confined to a wheelchair) is beyond her control. She must reconcile her present unhappiness with the unpleasant realization that she could have tossed away a life of bliss with a man who might not have been scared off by the prospect of a wheelchair bound wife. Miss Dunne was a deserved nominee for Best Actress as she manages to hide her misgivings about her decision to break off the relation beneath smile and song. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of French style March 20 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a classic of romance with Charles Boyer. The main hero gently court a young woman on a transatlantic ship on its way to New York. The trip ends with a rendez-vous at the top of the Empire State Building in three months for an instant wedding. But the lady has an accident on her way to the rendez-vous, at the very foot of the Empire State Building, and remains a cripple. She does not have her lover know about it. So he waits in vain, he goes back to France and then comes back to New York and he finally discovers the truth. So he visits her on Christmas day and this last scene is the sweet and sour French touch. He accuses himself to have missed the rendez-vous. She plays the game. He offers her a present that represents their first transtlantic journey and the broken promise, broken by him he says. Till the very last minute we do not know which one of the sweet or the sour will take over, love reconquered or a final departure. The ending of course is happy, but the art of the film is in all the nuances and subtleties of the dialogue and of the situations. Charles Boyer obviously brought a French touch to very common romance films in the thirties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, Romantic movie. Bad DVD quality.
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
Published on Aug. 16 2011 by ElyseAli
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, terrible DVD
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 more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic golden age romance
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 more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best!
Irene Dunne glows in this movie. She delivers the jokes and poignant lines in an effortless, natural way way Kerr never could. Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by earthcup
5.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet classic
Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer star as a pair of sophisticates who meet and fall in love while on a cruise. Read more
Published on April 25 2002 by Robert Ortiz
1.0 out of 5 stars A Horrible DVD of a Great MMovie
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 more
Published on Feb. 21 2002 by Ken Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A very romantic and entertaining classic film!
I very highly recommend this movie to anyone. It's a very romantic and wonderful film. I'd give it more stars if I could.
It's one of my favorites. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2001 by Rosella Ann Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars An affirmation of love + culture in era of Hitler + Stalin.
'Love Affair' is rightly remembered as one of Hollywood's greatest romances - Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne make such a wonderful, witty, loving couple; and the central sequence at... Read more
Published on April 27 2001 by darragh o'donoghue
2.0 out of 5 stars shallow
I bought this dvd because of some of the reviews and I was sorry. The acting, especially the actress', was shallow and unbelievable. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by "net1030"
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