Old-School Romance

Whatever happened to proper romance films? The things they bring out these days are just so ridiculous and predictable. There’s no real plot or proper courtship. No wonder the state of romances in the real world just aren’t what they should be. Men don’t know how to be romantic anymore. Sure, there are a few, but trust me, they are few and far between. This weekend, I spent some time teaching my younger sister, who is entering young womanhood some culture.

We spent yesterday and Saturday watching old films, and two that stands out are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Casablanca. if you have never seen either of these films..That’s a shame. It is truly such classics, and many popular lines we hear in sit-coms and modern films, come from these movies.

My favourite scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is without a doubt the opening scene. It’s so classic, so elegant and so forlorn.


The movie is funny, without being ridiculous. It’s sad without being soppy. And it has a beautiful ending, and that’s what all girls want. ‘Fred’, as Holly calls him, loves her for who she is. She’s odd, and charming, and silly and child-like, but he loves her.

You also fall in love with her. She’s just great. I silently wished that I could have been her, or just lived in that time.  She’s a fashion icon still today and her classic style will stay with us for a very long time.

Now, Casablanca…I love this movie. I saw it the first time when I was about fifteen, which is eight years ago! If you haven’t seen this…you have a gap in your education! If you’ve ever used the words “Here’s looking at you, kid”, and not seen the movie: For shame! Now you at least know where it comes from. Another famous line from the movie still used today is “We’ll always have Paris“. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart play the lead characters in the movie, and the movie is just such a classic. Rick loves Ilsa, but he sacrifices his love for her, for the sake of the resistance. How romantic and tortured! It has some action and shooting too (for the boys)! After you’ve seen the film, you’ll feel like saying “Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake”

If you’ve watched these films, you’d know that there is a problem in our films of today. It truly was a better time for films.


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