Saturday, August 21, 2010

Movie Meme Day 21 - Favorite romantic couple

At first glance I had no idea who I would pick for this day of the meme.  Do I pick Jack and Rose, Viola and Will S., or even Cecilia and Robbie, or Jack and Ennis (from Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, Atonement, and Brokeback Mountain, respectively)?   No, I had to pick Denys Finch Hatten and Karen Blixin, real-life lovers in Kenya in the 1920s.  Their love came to life on the big screen in Out of Africa from her written stories.  They never married, but once she separated from her husband, they lived together for several years, while maintaining their own careers.  The acting between Meryl Streep and Robert Redford (at his sexiest) is terrific.  You can tell from the first time they meet there are sparks between them, and when they can finally admit their love, it's just a terrifically romantic story.  Who knows how it would have ended up if he hadn't been killed in a plane crash in 1931.  It's done stunningly in the movie, with terrific music and a narration from Karen that just suddenly stops.  It rends your heart when she recites A.E. Houseman's "To an athlete dying young". 

 "To an athlete dying young"  A.E. Houseman
The time you won your town the race  
We chaired you through the market-place;  
Man and boy stood cheering by,  
And home we brought you shoulder-high.  
To-day, the road all runners come,          
Shoulder-high we bring you home,  
And set you at your threshold down,  
Townsman of a stiller town.  
Smart lad, to slip betimes away  
From fields where glory does not stay, 
And early though the laurel grows  
It withers quicker than the rose.  
Eyes the shady night has shut  
Cannot see the record cut,  
And silence sounds no worse than cheers  
After earth has stopped the ears:  
Now you will not swell the rout  
Of lads that wore their honours out,  
Runners whom renown outran  
And the name died before the man.   
So set, before its echoes fade,  
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,  
And hold to the low lintel up  
The still-defended challenge-cup.  
And round that early-laurelled head  
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,  
And find unwithered on its curls  
The garland briefer than a girl's.


Buttercup said...

This is hard. Definitely need some conversation to go over the infinite possibilities. The first couple that popped into my mind is Annette Benning and Michael Douglas in "American President" and then more classically Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and then Audrey Hepburn and either Gregory Peck -- love "Roman Holiday" or with Albert Finney in "Two for the Road."

Jess said...

Buttercup, I think there are so many - I love "the American President" so that could have been the choice.