In this age of exorbitant electricity bills, what could be better than dimming the lights in the name of romance?
We asked British film producer and lecturer Anna Moher-Pets at the world-famous Met Film School for her top ten films to lock down this Valentine’s Day.
Platonic Love: Stand by ME (d. Rob Reiner, w / Raynold Gideon / Bruce A. Evans, 1986)
Surprisingly old memories, endless quotes (“I lost my comb”), and words of friendship, loyalty and the breathtaking beauty of the Phoenix River.
First Love: Call Me by Your Name (d. Luca Guadagnino, w. James Ivory, 2017)
With all the creations of a modern classic, Call Me By Your Name makes the unbearable painful joy of first love so clear. And the peach is a Valentine’s poem of its own.
Domed Lowe: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (d / w. Céline Sciamma, 2019)
A breathtaking poetic study of the explosive, unforgettable, star-crossed love And the women of many crosses who have a serious search for honesty have had to endure for the patriarchal system, and the power that they get from each other and with them.
Parental Love: Mrs. Dobbitfire (D. Chris Columbus, Randy Maine Singer / Leslie Dixon, 1993)
Who wouldn’t want to have their father, Robin Williams, sometimes in full skirts and heels, take Pierce Brosnan down a peg or two and make us all look good in the meantime? A joy and happiness, for all ages, and a reminder of what our parents do for us, both see and see.
Love and in-laws: GET OUT (d / w. Jordan Peele, 2017)
No one has ever said that it would be easy to meet a father-in-law, but there is nothing like watching a get-out sweating before a big event. But this is not just a precautionary story for Valentines – it is also a brilliant, provocative and timely study of racism in all its forms.
Fanatic Love: REBECCA (D. Alfred Hitchcock, W. Robert E. Sherwood / Joan Harrison, 1940)
If Mrs. Denver’s name doesn’t immediately straighten the hair on the back of your neck, and at the same time forces you to cry over the memory of her being lost, then you have (actually) Rebecca. Not seen enough times! Sexual tension, layers of suspense, that house. unforgettable.
The End of Love: The Story of Marriage (d / w. Noah Baumbach, 2019)
Not all love stories end happily, but somehow the marriage story manages to bring romance to the fore in divorce. It’s beautiful, beautifully crafted and honest. It’s painful – but in a good way.
In Illness and Health: The Big Ill (D. Michael Schwalter, W. Emily V. Gordon / Camille Nanjiani, 2017)
Let’s listen to it for a truly modern room-com that shows us how love can grow even in the most difficult of circumstances. A charming script and first-rate acting – Komel Nanjiani can do no wrong in my book – make it a truly Valentine-friendly choice.
Till Death Use Do Part: Trolley Medley Dipley (d / w. Anthony Minghella, 1990)
In it, Alan Rickman is performing Serena to Juliet Stevenson on Cello. What more could you want? Michael Maloney is going crazy with the South Bank, that’s all. Anthony Manghela’s debut film was probably his best – and certainly his most romantic film. Even dead people can be really sexy.
Perfect Love: When Harry Met Sally (d. Rob Reiner, w. Nora Ephron, 1989)
After all the heights, tears and fears, I thought I would end up with the perfect romantic comedy. Best script, best layout, best cast, best score. It’s a master class in comedy and, more importantly, in romance. Perfect for Valentines, and nothing more.