Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Wishes with "Auld Lang Syne" from Waterloo Bridge (1940)

I've been reading Charles Tranberg's intriguing Robert Taylor: A Biography (BearManor) and just came to his description of this touching--and timely--scene, lovingly photographed by Joseph Ruttenberg under the direction of Mervyn LeRoy. Simple yet quite moving, it is a hauntingly beautiful piece of cinema at the height of the studio system, making most viewers murmur silently to themselves, "this was romance..." Set during the First World War as blackouts and curfews became a reality for Londoners, the sequence was, as LeRoy wrote in his autobiography, Take One, "before all the candles were extinguished, the message was clear--they had fallen deeply, completely, in love. Not a word had been uttered."

Enjoy, Happy New Year and I hope you know love in this and every year of your life:


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