Sunday Brunch: An Affair To Remember (1957), dir. Leo McCarey
Everyman Cinema, Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2NT
Sunday 17 July 2016, 11:00

Cary Grant stars alongside fellow Bristolian Deborah Kerr in Leo McCarey’s classic love story, a heart-wrenching weepy about unexpected lovers whose bond is so strong, not even great tragedy can break it. Introduced by Estella Tincknell (Deputy Mayor of Bristol, responsible for Arts and Culture and Associate Professor in Film and Culture, University of the West of England).

Nickie Ferrante (Grant), an incorrigible playboy, and Terry McKay (Kerr), a nightclub singer, meet on a transatlantic ocean-liner en route to their respective fiancees in New York. Their friendship gradually blossoms into a clandestine love-affair as they try to avoid gossip onboard ship. As the ship docks in New York City, they agree to reunite in six months time, if they have managed to end their current relationships and prove themselves worthy of each other. Will they both make it to their rendezvous at the top of the Empire State Building…?

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Like our Archie, Deborah Kerr also has a Bristol connection.  She was educated at the independent Northumberland House Boarding School, Henleaze, and she later had acting lessons at the Hicks-Smale Drama School in Durdham Park.

Director Leo McCarey directs two of Hollywood’s classiest acts in this tear-jerking love story. But An Affair To Remember never descends into schmaltz, saved by a smart, sassy script and McCarey’s restrained, but masterful directing. Listed as the American Film Institute’s fourth-greatest Hollywood love story (“100 Films, 100 Passions”) and featured in The Guardian list of most romantic films of all time: “that final scene retains its powers to enthrall and discombobulate to this day”.  Get your hankies ready…

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these two great Bristolian stars on the big screen in the newly refurbished Everyman Cinema, originally Bristol’s Whiteladies Picturehouse, which would have been operational during their time in Bristol.