Monday Matinees: Fall 2018

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Director: Leo McCarey

1957, USA, 115 min., G

Cast: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr

A man and a woman have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps her from the reunion, and he fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.

An Affair to Remember is one of the most popular love stories ever made in Hollywood. Many fans would hail it as the most romantic movie ever made.

With its mix of sophistication and sentimentality, the film offers one of the most complete expressions of Leo McCarey’s personality as a writer-director. In particular, auteur critics have hailed his ability to make the transition from comedy in the early scenes to the more deeply romantic mood of the film’s ending, a characteristic of such other McCarey films as Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945).

The film was also McCarey’s last great success, capping a career that stretched back to the silent comedies he wrote and directed for Hal Roach.