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No do overs

On Sunday night I happened upon a showing of The Way We Were on Turner Classic Movies.

When I shared the happy accident on Facebook, six friends immediately chimed in.  And we all agreed on the movie’s main attraction:

Robert Redford

He has never looked better than he did in that film.

Perhaps Baz Luhrmann needs to watch it again, too.

The Moulin Rouge director is planning a 3-D adaptation of another Redford classic, The Great Gatsby, with Leo DiCaprio in the role that Robert made famous.

I think this is a very bad idea.

Don’t get me wrong.  I agree Leo is one of our finer actors.  And he looks very handsome with his hair slicked back, which the role of Gatsby requires.  But Leo, to me, remains very much a boy.

That’s part of his appeal.

Even in the brilliant Revolutionary Road — which should have earned him an Oscar nomination — Leo was a man child, which made his performance all the more compelling.

Robert Redford is 100 percent man.

Add to it Luhrmann’s plan to make The Great Gatsby in 3-D.  I think this effect works well in action flicks, but I not sure what it will add to this classic tale.

Sorry, Baz, just the idea of someone other than Robert in the title role is mind bending enough.  How can you expect us to settle for anything else?

For anything less?

Coupling

Chemistry.  Some couples got it.  Some don’t.

We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours.   Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.

But what about the truly great film couples?

I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay?  Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)

Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):

  • Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
  • Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
  • Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
  • Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
  • Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
  • Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
  • Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
  • Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story

It’s not an exhaustive list.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.

What couple would you add to the list?

Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.


The Way We Are

Katie:  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we were old?  We’d have survived all this. Everything thing would be easy and uncomplicated, the way it was when we were young.
Hubbell:  Katie, it was never uncomplicated. — “The Way We Were,” 1973

Sigh.

Ever wonder what Katie and Hubbell  might be doing now?

We may get a chance to find out.

During an interview for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford said he and Barbra Streisand have discussed an idea that could bring the iconic couple back to the screen.

“We would come back together again over a situation with our daughter, who’s now grown,” said Redford. “That sort of gets in that territory that I’m talking about. That would be interesting to me, that kind of love story.”

Robert, that would be interesting to a lot of us.

I know how upset I was when Katie and Hubbell went their separate ways in “The Way We Were.”  Sure, they had their differences, but were they really that insurmountable?  Did they both give it everything they had to make it work?

In the film’s final scene, when the two meet by chance in the street years after their split, you can see how much they still care for one another.  It’s one of the most romantic moments ever captured on screen.

Makes me cry every time.

I personally hope they pursue this project.  I’d love to see Katie and Hubbell reunited….even if the end result is the same.

Hubbell: I don’t see how you can do it.
Katie:  And I don’t see how you can’t.

Memories

Over the weekend Rory Dog and I met a couple carrying their brand new malti-poo puppy. That’s a maltese/poodle combination (’cause everything’s better with a little poo).

The pup was only 12 weeks old and cute as a bug, so I asked his name.

“Hubbell,” his mom announced proudly.

“Awww,” I replied. “Like Robert Redford in ‘The Way We Were.'”

She glanced at her husband, then they both looked at me blankly. “Haven’t heard of that one. We actually named him after the telescope.”

Snap. It’s official — I’m old.

Or perhaps these young whippersnappers just aren’t up on their movies. “The Way We Were”, released in 1973, stars Redford and Barbra Streisand as two lovers in post-World War II whose relationship can’t survive her politics or his expectations.

The movie was nominated for six Oscars and won two, for Best Score and Best Original Song, which was also sung by Streisand. (I’ll bet Hubbell the pup’s mom and dad could name that song in three notes).

It’s one of the most romantic movies ever made and still in my top five.

And if I were a puppy, I’d sure as heck rather have Robert Redford as the inspiration for my name than a big ol’ magnifying lens.

I’m just saying.