Time Out has just published a list of the 100 Most Romantic Films of All Time, consulting industry figures from Judd Apatow to Miss Piggy(!!), and as you might imagine, the results are controversial and eccentric. The Top 10 looks like this:
- Brief Encounter
- In the Mood for Love
- Annie Hall
- Harold and Maude
- Brokeback Mountain
- The Apartment
- A Matter of Life and Death
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Punch-Drunk Love
The first five do not elicit much comment from me beyond it being predictable, but The Apartment?! Did they actually watch that film and understand it? Punch Drunk Love is deeply unpleasant (or is it just Adam Sandler that is unpleasant?!) Does Hollywood do romance or does it just do schmaltz and product placement?
Having said this, I’m not sure I would recognise romance, even if it came up and whispered in my ear/whisked me off to a beach in the Caribbean! For the past few years, I have sought to find a suitable romantic film for successive Valentine’s Day screenings at Warwick Arts Centre – I want characters I care about in some sort of plausible world and certainly no promises of happy ever after. But that’s just me. Top of my list are:
It Happened One Night
Babette’s Feast (well, y’know, the Food of Love!!)
The Aviator’s Wife
What do you think are most romantic films ever? Leave a comment below or tweet me @warwickartsfilm some suggestions for future romantic screenings at Warwick Arts Centre. Imaginative ideas, please. Let’s hear from you!