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Love, Death and Happiness in Films

Posted on 23rd Jan 2012 @ 3:00 PM

val-day-movies.jpg Love and Death, the 1975 comedy film by Woody Allen, is a satire on Russian literature and stars Allen and Diane Keaton as Boris and Sonja, two Russians living during the Napoleonic Era, who engage in mock-serious philosophical debates. Comedy, yes. Tragic love story, no.

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, we'd like to share a breakdown of possible film choices to be included in your plans for February 14th, about love and romance, and yes, in some cases, death. So get ready to snuggle, or get out the tissues!

A few feature stunning gold jewelry, pearls, and diamond rings as well, such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moulin Rouge and Young Victoria, but Sarraf Jewelry did not make that a criteria for the list.

First, Happy Love Stories. In other words, boy meets girl, boy gets girl. These include Young Victoria (royal, young, and enduring love), Breakfast at Tiffany's (need we say more?), The Proposal, 50 First Dates, Pride & Prejudice, Working Girl (secretary becomes heroine to friends plus gets the guy), and Moonstruck (Cher and Nicolas Cage at their best, with some lunar-inspired craziness set within two strong, traditional Italian families. It doesn't get much better than this).

Love [Eventually] Satisfied. Think "nothing worth having ever comes easy." If you like to see people work for love, how about Like Water for Chocolate (the epitome of the relationship between love and food), Jane Eyre (the George C. Scott 1970 version), Sleepless in Seattle, Amelie, Sabrina, An Officer and a Gentleman, Say Anything, The Piano, or Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant in one of the happiest ending love stories ever.)

Mismatched Love That Works Out in the End. These are movies that are fun just watching how the leads get from Point A to Point B. Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, You've Got Mail, It Happened One Night (classic rich girl falls for poor reporter boy), Overboard (Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in a comic rich girl meets poor carpenter, plus a case of not so mistaken identity), and Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock's beautiful black-and-white thriller of a romance, with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine).

Then there are Musical Romances, in case you prefer lots of song and dance with your love story: Grease, Dirty Dancing, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain or Moulin Rouge.

And finally, Tragic Love Stories, when a death has to be involved, or someone's got to suffer, or at least cry, a whole lot, and of which there are the most: Love Story, Legends of the Fall, Titanic, Romeo & Juliet, Dr. Zhivago (Omar Sharif, Geraldine Chaplin and Julie Christie star in sweeping Russian-backdrop love triangle with a fantastic soundtrack), Wings of the Dove, City of Angels (remake of classic Wings of Desire), An Affair to Remember (or later Love Affair) Ghost, Always, Wuthering Heights (those moors are so dramatic), Casablanca (yes, again), Atonement, Somewhere in Time, and Truly, Madly, Deeply (Alan Rickman dies and returns to haunt the love of his life).

Have a Happy Valentine's Day, from Sarraf Jewlery, your romance-on-order online jewelry store.