Love Affairs to Remember Marathon

To extend our watch-along screening of one of Cary Grant’s most romantic roles in An Affair to Remember we hosted a watch-along marathon of all the “Love Affairs to Remember” films over the festival weekend!

The final reunion in (clockwise) Love Affair (1939), An Affair to Remember (1957), Mann (1999) and Love Affair (1994)

The marathon kicked off on Saturday morning with a brief intro by festival director Charlotte Crofts and Ross Wilcock, before the watch-along screening of the original Love Affair (1939).

Charlotte was joined again by Ross at the end of the marathon for a Cool Down on Sunday 22 November, 2pm, in a Zoom meeting, offering an informal opportunity for participants to reflect on the accumulative experience of watching the films, and also to frame the representation of disability across decades and cultures, an aspect which is central to the narrative of all the films, but one that is often overlooked or glossed over. You can watch their discussion below:

English Captions made with the help of UWE Filmmaking student Charlotte Butler Blondel. Timed transcript available here.

An Affair to Remember (1957) was an almost shot for shot remake of McCarey’s Love Affair (1939) – and subsequent remakes also borrow very heavily from the original – why ruin a good thing, right?

Setting the rendezvous in (clockwise) Love Affair (1939), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Mann (1999)

By watching them all in one sitting it allows us to understand different nuances of performance, casting and mise-en-scene, as well as noticing contrasts between aesthetics, from the crisp black and white Academy Ratio of the 1939 version to the breathtaking CinemaScope and glorious Technicolor of the 1957 version.

“Nearest thing to Heaven”: the Empire State in (clockwise) Love Affair (1939), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Love Affair (1994) and An Affair to Remember (1957)

Experiencing all the films will also enable us to recognising shifting social mores across eras and cultures, from the 1990s Hollywood version Love Affair (1994) to the Bollywood version Mann (1999). Although the marathon is not exhaustive (there are a couple more remakes we couldn’t squeeze in), we couldn’t resist including Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Nora Ephron’s homage to An Affair to Remember.

Atop the Empire State Building in (clockwise) Love Affair (1939), An Affair to Remember (1957), Love Affair (1994) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Love Affair (dir. Leo McCarey, 1939) – CrowdCast, Saturday 21 November, 10am GMT

Love Affair (dir. Gordon Glenn Caron, 1994) – CrowdCast, Saturday 21 November, 2pm GMT

An Affair to Remember (dir. Leo McCarey, 1957) – CrowdCast, Saturday 21 November, 8pm GMT

Sleepless in Seattle (dir. Norah Ephron, 1993) – CrowdCast, Saturday 21 November, 11pm GMT

Mann (dir. Indra Kumar, 1999) – CrowdCast, Sunday 22 November, 10am GMT


Ross Wilcock is an LGBT poet, writer, social media influencer, and activist living with multiple disabilities. He has recently begun working within the access sector assisting film festivals to become more accessible. He volunteers with The Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema, Matchbox Cineclub, and other film events in Glasgow, and has programmed for SQIFF.


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