- Megan Bingham
Romance is in the air, and the classic cinema choices on Kanopy bring it. The following 7 films are teeming with all different kinds of romance genres, including sexy thrillers, romcoms, romantic period movies, and even a musical. These are films are perfect for the month of February. Watch the YouTube trailers below to make your choice!
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Charade (1963): A Thrilling and Romantic Classic
Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on holiday in the French Alps. Her newfound romance is interrupted, however, upon her return home, when it is revealed that her husband has been murdered. Regina and Peter soon find themselves pursued by her husband's World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after the quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines.
His Girl Friday (1940): A Hilarious, Romantic Gem of Hollywood's Golden Age
Walter, a hard-boiled newspaper editor, discovers that his ex-wife and former employee, Hildy, is set to marry a wet-blanket insurance salesman. Walter, certain that this is the wrong move for a strong-willed and ambitious woman such as Hildy, decides to sabotage her marital plans by enticing her with one last story—the execution of a convicted murderer. A classic of the screwball romcom genre, this movie delivers the quick wit as only a pair of Hollywood legends such as Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell can!
My Brilliant Career (1979): "Sometimes it is the things that bind us that truly set us free"
Sybylla Melbyn (Judy Davis) is the eldest daughter of an impoverished New South Wales farming family. Bold and determined, Sybylla dreams of succeeding as an acclaimed writer. But in a time of sexist ignorance and bigotry, Sybylla has frequent clashes with dyed-in-the-wool conformists, though it is her love for the dashing Harry Beacham (Sam Neill) that will truly test her desire to succeed as a writer. As events twist and turn, Sybylla is forced to realize the painful emotional cost of putting her career over love. This film was critically acclaimed, winning six AFI Awards, as well as being nominated for an Academy Award, Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and a Golden Globe Award in 1980.
Summertime (1955): An Enchanting Love Story set in Venice, Italy
An American spinster's dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome—but married—Italian man while vacationing in Venice. Katharine Hepburn's sensitive portrayal of the lonely heroine and Jack Hildyard's glorious Technicolor photography make Summertime an endearing and visually beautiful film.
A Scandal in Paris (1946): Intrigue, Romance, and High Society
From the memoirs of Francois Eugene Vidocq, the elegant thief turned chief of police of all Paris, comes this rediscovered classic of melodrama and romance. George Sanders is at his debonair best as we see him climb from clever criminal through the ranks of French society in the early 1800s, with seemingly nothing to stop him from the biggest heist of his career ... except, perhaps, the charms of a young lady.
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964): A Revered and Unorthodox French Romantic Musical
An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy is shipped off to fight in Algeria, the two lovers must grow up quickly. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors and told entirely through the lilting songs of the great composer Michel Legrand, Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most revered and unorthodox movie musicals of all time.
Penny Serenade (1941): Best Actor Nomination for Cary Grant, at the Academy Awards 1942
In this classic, heart-wrenching melodrama, Roger Adams (Cary Grant) and Julie (Irene Dunne) are married and deeply in love. Their dreams of starting a family are tragically put on hold when Julie suffers a miscarriage that leaves her unable to carry another child. Determined not to let this prevent their parenthood, the couple adopts a little girl, Trina. However, when Roger's newspaper folds, they are forced to convince the court that they are fit to keep her.