Remember, as in the Bridges of Madison County, love can catch you unaware. Be open. I once met a man on the subway while vacationing in New York City. We loved each other, but the relationship didn’t last. He still occasionally calls and texts. Even if the relationship doesn’t endure, the good feelings may remain for the rest of your life.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to help you through the pandemic #13: Babette’s Feast (1987). This movie won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. If you like cooking shows you’ll love this lyrical movie. It contains one of my favorite cinematic lines: “An Artist is never poor. “ Slowly sip a good glass of wine and enjoy.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #11: Seymour: An Introduction (2015.) This meditative documentary tells the story of Seymour Bernstein, former concert pianist and teacher to world-class pianists. The movie exquisitely illustrates what the life of an artist looks like. True confession – I was so moved I wept. Even if you don’t care about classical music this film is worth watching.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #8: Apocalypse Now (1979). I advise watching it with the lights low in one sitting. The bigger the screen the better. It will blow your mind.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #7: Weekend (2011.) You don’t need big production values to make a perfect film. This small gem of a movie has big themes. It’s about a brief but heartfelt love affair. I own two movies, and this is one of them. Snuggle in bed with your sweetie and watch it together.
A Movie Lover’s Favorites to get you through the pandemic #6: City Lights (1931). The Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin’s alter ego, is at his best in this movie. It’s a comedy and a love story, and has the most poignant ending ever captured on film. Put some Kleenex by the couch because you may need it
A Movie Lover’s favorites to get you through the pandemic #5: A Hard Day’s Night (1964.) Everything we love about the Beatles is on display in this movie; their humor; their irreverence; the music that still seems fresh and will fill you with joy. Watch it and sing along. You’ll feel better if you do, I promise.
A Movie Lover’s favorites to get you through the pandemic, #4: Dr. Zhivago. (1965). What could be better than three plus hours of the Russian revolution? This film stars possibly the most gorgeous cast ever, Omar Sharif and Julie Christi. Make some borscht, pull your balalaika out of the garage and strum along to the haunting and lovely Lara’s Theme.
A Movie Lover’s favorites to get you through the pandemic #3: Wings of Desire (1987). This German movie is the cinematic equivalent of great jazz. It’s a mood piece about an angel who tires of helping others and falls in love with a woman. The scene where they meet will stir your soul. The film is poetic and haunting. Watch it with someone you love and you will love them more deeply when it’s over.