Romantic Classics Based in Beautiful Cities
Last few days I have been binge watching some of the old classics again. There is nothing like curling up on your couch with hot tea and watching these movies back to back. While it is not really related to travel, these movies are some of my favourites and are set in some of the world’s most beautiful and romantic cities. So here are 3 of my top classics and a brief on why I absolutely love them.
Roman Holiday – Based in Rome, Italy
A poor little rich European princess trying to escape from her highly regimented and constantly under the radar royal life and an American journalist in his quest to make quick money galavant the streets of Rome and give us one of the most romantic movies of all time. When Princess Ann and Joe Bradley share a ride, Joe is hardly aware of her royal background. He, unwillingly gives her refuge in his house and sulks till he finds out who she really is. At that moment, he sees her as a way to make some quick bucks. They spend the day together in beautiful Rome – drinking champagne, riding a scooter, dancing on a boat and as expected having a moment by the end of the day.
The next day, she is back to being the princess and Joe is a regular journalist who she greets in a common meeting with all the journalists from across the world. Joe walks out of the palace and the credits roll. Sigh! and that’s the end of this love story. I had adored the movie when I had first seen it, the innocence of the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn, the charm of Gregory Peck and the beautiful romantic Rome was hard not to fall in love it. Right from the scene when Princess Ann gets a pixie cut to when she shakes hands with Joe in the end, like nothing ever happened…the subtle depiction of expressions ranging from love to freedom to helplessness was applaud worthy. Doesn’t this movie just make you want to travel to Rome and Italy?
An Affair to Remember – Based on a Cruise from Europe to NYC and in NYC
A cruise liner across Europe, two beautiful people and New York City. Can it get any better. Nickie (Cary Grant…sigh!) and Terry (Deborah Kerr) meet on a cruise liner and sparks fly. They both are seeing other people back home, but a little affair on international waters didn’t harm anybody! They keep meeting each other and eventually fall in love. By the end of the cruise, Nickie asks Terry to meet him on a top of the Empire State Building after 6 months. 6 months later, Terry is on her way to the Empire State Building when an accident leaves her disabled and unable to walk. Not wanting to drown Nickie in her sorrows, she decides against meeting him again. While Nickie waits till the end of the day on top of the Empire State Building, jumping every time the lift door opens in the hope to see Terry, the hope fading away with time. Dejected, he leaves and they both continue living their lives till a chance encounter brings them back together. Nickie confronts Terry, finds out about her accident and they get back together.
This movie shows romance on a Cruise Liner and in New York City so wonderfully. Meeting a stranger on foreign land, falling in love and spending the rest of your lives together. Sigh! they don’t make such honest movies anymore. The sweetest part is when Nickie and Terry are worried about getting photographed on the cruise and try to maintain distance at all times. Also, meeting on top of the Empire State Building, with the beautiful Manhattan skyline in your view, how could one not fall in love. I have always maintained that New York City is probably one of the most romantic cities in the world. A lot of hollywood movies have only reinforced that idea. An Affair to Remember is probably just one of those.
Casablanca – Based in Casablanca, Morocco
Set in the backdrop of World War 2, Casablanca is a story about two estranged lovers and their chance encounter in difficult circumstances. Rick (Humphrey Bogart) is a bitter lover who runs a cafe in Casablanca called ‘Rick’s cafe Americain’. The cafe is a hub of dealings amongst the French, Italians and Germans. It sees guests from all these countries and refugees trying to escape to the United States and Europe. When Lisa (Ingrid Bergman) arrives in the cafe with her husband, Rick is mad on seeing his past lover. During the course of the movie she seeks Rick’s help in escaping to Portugal while explaining what really happened in France when she left him and went back to her husband. Finally, Rick helps her get on a plane to Lisbon and bids her a tearful goodbye.
Throughout the movie, Rick is shown to be the indifferent bitter lover who is seeking answers to what happened when Lisa left him alone at the train station in Paris. When he meets her, he is angry but also in love. He portrayed the character so beautifully. In the end, Lisa confesses her love to him and wants to stay back with him. However, he selflessly lets her to with her husband, saying that she would later regret her decision and the movie ends leaving viewers with tears in their eyes.
The movie’s portrayal of Casablanca was so beautiful. The streets, the markets and the crowd reminded me so much of India and it quickly made it to my list of places to visit.
Btw, there is actually a Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca 🙂
Hope you liked reading this post. Do let me know your favourite classics of all time.