Top 10 Movie Romantic Moments #1 Brian Slade and Curt Wylde

Also one of my favorite cinematic kisses.

Also one of my favorite cinematic kisses.

Yes, the rock’n’roll Citizen Kane… a dark horse for a romantic award if I ever saw one!

But that’s not why I chose it.  I really, really love Bryan and Curt’s big moment doing the interview.  It’s a moment of visual poetry about the phoniness of stardom (Bryan reading his answers off cue-cards) and the intrusiveness of the paparazzo (the way the flashbulbs burst in on their genuine moment).  And it’s romantic as all hell– for Oscar Wilde’s beautiful words as much as anything else in the scene.

Brian is being interviewed at the height of his Maxwell Demon-mania, and even though director Todd Haynes isn’t very good at putting believable estranged couples in his movies, the wedge between Brian and Mandy is actually pretty seamless, but you know that the wedge is firmly driven in here.  And yet it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the scene.  Anyway, Curt Wylde interrupts the interview with champagne for him and Brian.  Brian gives the press one flippant line, and then turns all his attention to Curt.

Curt quotes Oscar Wilde and says, “The world has changed because you are ivory and gold.  The curves of your lips rewrite history.”

They kiss.  And then flashbulbs jolt them out of their moment.  You can see in their faces that they’re startled and annoyed by this intrusion.

What makes the scene so romantic, at least to me, is that all the showbiz phoniness, which is the two characters’ lives at the moment, is forgotten.  Utterly and completely.  And the Curt Wylde plot of the movie is one spot where Brian Slade comes out looking better than Charles Foster Kane.  Brian definitely loved Curt.  It’s foggy whether Kane really loved Susan, or if he was just tired of Emily.

But back to Velvet Goldmine… it’s a genuine moment with beautiful (if somewhat inappropriate, considering they were describing The Picture of Dorian Gray) words.  And it’s sad when the moment ends (not to mention the imagery is gorgeous in all its glitter), even with the kickass soundtrack following the moment’s end.  So, it stands at the top of my list of Romantic Movie Moments.  Check it out here (


Top 10 Movie Romantic Moments #2 Edward and Sandra Bloom (older)

"I don't think I'll ever dry out."

“I don’t think I’ll ever dry out.”

If it’s one thing this list has shown me, it’s that I have a soft-spot for older couples. That’s probably why I was the only one in my family not horrified to hear that my 95-year-old great-grandmother had a boyfriend.

And before I get into the details of my favorite scene, can I just praise Albert Finney’s Southern accent?  I think his accent was better than Ewan McGregor ‘s.  But, to the point.

The bathtub scene is my favorite part of the whole movie.  After the son is an ass to Sandra when they’re going through paperwork in the shed,  she finds the old telegram from when Edward went missing overseas and goes upstairs to see him.  He was in the bathtub, in his pajamas, underwater, holding his breath.  When he sees her smiling, he sits up, and explains that he was drying out.

She suggests that they get some sort of misting tool and spray him like a fern, takes off her shoes, and gets into the tub with him, nice dress and all.  They splash, and laugh, and suddenly she gets teary.  Edward comforts her, and they just lie in the tub and cuddle as the scene ends.

It’s a very sweet, fun scene.  In it, you understand why these two are together… they love each other, obviously, and they have a lot of whimsy.  She probably keeps him down-to-earth, and he lets her loosen up.  They find humor, even in sad moments, and accept each other’s little quirks.  They also comfort each other.  It’s funny.  It’s romantic.  It’s sad.  And it’s surprisingly relate-able.

Couples do all kinds of things that only make sense to themselves, but I think everyone knows someone who has done something like this, whether the occasion is happy or sad.  And next to Cathy and Heathcliff, this part of Edward and Sandra’s love story is a pretty damn good “relationship goal” to have.

Fortunately, this video is available on YouTube, so I’ll leave it here.  I’m sorry if it makes some of you sad (