Thursday Movie Picks: Romance Tropes Edition: Forbidden Love

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
February is full of lovely romance tropes. Our third topic is forbidden love!

#1 Romeo + Juliet

The ultimate forbidden love story. Baz Lurhman’s take on the story is by far my favorite. And we get Leonardo DiCpario and Paul Rudd in this film.

#2 Brokeback Mountain

Jack Gyllenhaal. I’ve had a crush on that guy every since Donnie Darko. Heath Ledger. A talent gone to soon.

#3 Pretty Woman

So, this might not be the first film that comes to mind, but it certainly fits the topic. A rich dude falls in love with a hooker and somehow they make it work!

What’s your favorite film about forbidden love? Let me know in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Romance Tropes Edition: Forbidden Love

  1. Brokeback is definitely the title of the week and it deserves to be. Beautifully realized (it captures the essence of the short story that was its basis even if it changes some elements) and wonderfully performed by all. Certainly not a happy film but a worthwhile one.

    As Shakespeare stories go Romeo & Juliet isn’t one I harbor a great affection for, and of the various versions of it I prefer the 60’s Zeffirelli one, but the Lurhman take goes in some intriguing directions.

    Pretty Woman is so much white guy wish fulfillment fantasy but Roberts and Gere pair well and I love Laura San Giacomo who steals every second of her screen time.

    I thought of Brokeback right off the bat as well but decided that it was sure to be everywhere and went on the hunt for others. I ended up with two very serious ones and a lighter turn as well.

    Broken Blossoms (1919)-Chinese immigrant Cheng Huan’s (Richard Barthelmess) dream of spreading Buddhism to London has dissipated and he has sunken into aimless opium addiction until he finds young English waif Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) battered on his doorstep. Renewed by their emotional connection he cares for her as she recovers, but their forbidden love across ethnic boundaries is riven when they are discovered by Lucy’s abusive father (Donald Crisp).

    Death Takes a Holiday (1934)-Unable to comprehend why people cling so tenaciously to life Death (Fredric March) assumes human form as Prince Sirki at Duke Lambert’s Italian villa. Mixing with his guests in an attempt to gain insight he meets the beautiful Grazia (Evelyn Venable). Instantly attracted to each other Sirki and she wrestle with the impossibility and the forbidden nature of their love.

    Dirty Dancing (1987)-Teenager Baby (Jennifer Grey) is vacationing with her family at a Catskills resort in the 60’s when she meets dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze). Through a series of events they become involved but the lovers face several obstacles including the dual facts that Johnny is forbidden to fraternize with the guests and Baby is likewise forbidden from seeing the older Johnny by her father (Jerry Orbach).

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  2. I never thought of Pretty Woman but it does work and we all wish that would happen to us…except for being a hooker. I chose Brokeback too and it is the popular one this week. I chose the 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet. I just don’t know about this version because listening to DiCaprio makes me shake my head.

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