TEXT ANALYSIS: AN AFFAIR TO ANALYSE (REMEMBER)

 

An Affair to Remember 1957
An Affair to Remember 1957

For the second (group) assessment, the core theme revolves around romance films, and how they have an impact on audiences and relationships. Whether a classic or modern film, they all give an insight into the romantic points of view from audiences and writers. They are a representation of how love is conveyed in different epistemes.

One of the films being discussed for the assignment is 1957 film, ‘An Affair to Remember.’

In a Global Mail article, “Weeping in Seattle ROMANTIC REMAKE” What was it about An Affair to Remember that made Meg Ryan’s character in Sleepless in Seattle watch it over and over and drove her into living out the central plot twist by arranging to meet Tom Hanks on the top of the Empire Estate Building?” (Italie 1993) Hillel Italie gives insight into director, Nora Ephron and screenwriter Jeff Arch’s thoughts on ‘An Affair to Remember’ (1957) and how the film inspired, ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ (1993) Italie also discusses the context of, ‘An Affair to Remember,’ comparing it to the original film, ‘Love Affair.’ (1939)

In the film, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Meg Ryan, Rosie O’Donnell and other characters cry while watching, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in, ‘An Affair to Remember.’ At one point, Ryan and O’Donnell mime the line; “Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. We’ve already missed the Spring.” (An Affair to Remember 1957)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993
Sleepless in Seattle 1993

In the article, Italie (1993) reports that Nora Ephron calls, ‘An Affair to Remember’ memorable, adding that the women on the set of, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ would watch the ending scene countless of times.

“This is…a movie you have memories about…I can watch it over and over. When we were shooting Sleepless, we’d watch the last 10 minutes of the film and within the eight minutes everybody would be crying – if they were girls.” (Ephron 1993)

The reactions of Tom Hanks and Nora Ephron’s husband is also illuminated by Ephron (1993), as she clearly points out the male response to the film saying,

“My husband (writer Nick Pileggi) left the room. Tom Hanks, who couldn’t leave the room, made it clear by a number of unbelievably derisive noises what he felt about this.” (Ephron 1993)

Then, earlier in the article Italie (1993) quotes writer, Jeff Arch, who reportedly calls, ‘An Affair to Remember’ “an incredibly sappy movie.” (Arch 1993)

From these points of views we can easily surmise how the following scene from, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ illuminates a stereotypical view on how men and women feel about romantic films when, ‘An Affair to Remember’ is described.

Talking about the context of the film, Italie (1993) explains how director Leo McCarey remade ‘Love Affair’ (1939) into the Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr remake, saying the plot was not changed, but subtle religious connotations were added.

An Affair to Remember 1957
An Affair to Remember 1957
Love Affair 1939
Love Affair 1939

“McCarey was a far more serious man when he decided to resurrect Love Affair nearly 20 years later…At times, it’s subtle, like the way Kerr keeps referring to the Empire State Building as “the nearest thing to heaven” or compares a country villa to the Garden of Eden.” (Italie 1993)

From this we can understand the director changed his views on romance by the time he created, ‘An Affair to Remember’ to give the film’s narrative a moralistic and deeply sensitive feel.

In conclusion, it can be understood that an audience, screenwriter and directors’ views on romance is reflected in films but in reality.

References


 An Affair to Remember 1957, DVD, Twenty Century Fox Film Corporation, USA, directed by Leo McCarey

Italie, H 1993, Weeping in Seattle ROMANTIC REMAKE” What was it about An Affair to Remember that made Meg Ryan’s character in Sleepless in Seattle watch it over and over and drove her into living out the central plot twist by arranging to meet Tom Hanks on the top of the Empire Estate Building? The Globe and Mail, 19 July 1993, viewed 12 March 2015, http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/docview/385329321?pq-origsite=summon&accountid=15112

Love Affair 1939, RKO Radio Pictures, USA, directed by Leo McCarey

Sleepless in Seattle 1993, DVD, Tristar Pictures Inc, USA, directed by Nora Ephron

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