I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Since I write romance, this probably doesn’t surprise anyone. Yet, I’m also somewhat of an insomniac. So, for a Valentine’s weekend treat to myself, I binge-watched three of my favorites while the rest of the house was still asleep.
First on my list: an Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper classic, Love in the Afternoon. Hepburn’s portrayal of an innocent music student discovering love and its pitfalls is pure magic. Her facial expressions are captivating and reel me into movie each and every time. I like to watch this one in the black and white version instead of Technicolor. That way, I’m able to appreciate the nuances of the story, rather than focusing on the May/December aspect.
Second: Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, and Lee Pace in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I love this movie! It’s funny and heartbreaking and the cast brings a superb story to life. Miss Pettigrew and Delysia are the perfect heroines, both driven by their own desires and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. And the ending never fails pull a sigh from my heart and a few tears from my eyes.
Last, but certainly not least: Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls. Brando creates the perfect gambling rake with every action, word, breath, and smirk. Soon enough he finds himself toe to toe with Simmons as the buttoned-up Sergeant Sarah Brown. The screen sizzles with their chemistry, leaving no doubt that both of them are about to lose something more vital than a wager... their hearts.
So, if you ever find yourself in need of a good sigh or a good cry, I hope you enjoy this list. Also, I'd be interested in learning some of your favorites, too.
Wishing you lots of love!
~USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order ... but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series. For more on her upcoming novels, visit her at www.vivlorret.net