Thursday, February 16, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks, February 16, 2023. Romance Tropes: Forced Proximity

This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, the blogathon run by Wandering Through the Shelves. We're still in February, which means another romance-themed edition of the blogathon. This week, the theme is characters who fall in love through forced proximity. I'm using two movies that I'm pretty certain I've already used, and a third that I just watched the other day and will be doing a full-length post on in the near future. Or, in other words, sorry for the fairly lazy post:

The 39 Steps (1935). Robert Donat is handcuffed to Madeleine Carroll for a good portion of the movie, and the two kinda-sorta fall in love along the way. Well, technically, Carroll really only learns Donat is worth falling in love with after she gets out of her handcuff and overhears the bad guys saying things that confirm the story Donat has been giving her. This is one of Alfred Hitchcock's first great thrillers, certainly in the "man on the run" genre.

The African Queen (1951). Humphrey Bogart takes Katharine Hepburn down the river in east Africa of 1914 in order to get away from the Germans at the start of World War I. The two hate each other at first because he's an alcoholic and she's a missionary who nowadays would be called a Karen, but as they have to work together to survive, they begin to fall in love.

Romancing the Stone (1984). Kathleen Turner plays a romance novelist whose sister gets kidnapped in Colombia. She goes to pay the ransom, and gets involved with a quest for a missing jewel along with soldier-of-fortune Michael Douglas. The two have to stay together to stay one step ahead of some other bad guys and the Colombian military (and/or rebel groups).


Brittani Burnham said...

Your last two picks are ones I have on my list to watch eventually. I'm not familiar with your first pick.

Birgit said...

Love these movies and we Match with the first! I love the 2 middle aged men in bed. Risqué for that time. I just re-watched African Queen which is so good. They made Bogie Canadian. The last movie is just fun

ThePunkTheory said...

I quite like Romancing the Stone! fun movie