Monday, April 29, 2013

It's The Little Things

I love it when I'm home on a perfectly good Friday night and Turner Classic Movies plays an old movie that I've never heard of and yet it turns out to be one of those little diamonds in the rough that captivates you from the first moments.

The movie? A LITTLE ROMANCE (1979) with a young Diane Lane and a little known French actor named Thelonious Bernard.  It takes place in Paris and includes Laurence Olivier, who plays an aging pickpocket and, to my knowledge, had never played a comedic role before. It was very strange seeing him in this role and yet Olivier did so brilliantly.   

Middle schoolers Lane and Bernard meet Julius who entrances them with his storytelling, particularly about how when a couple kisses under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice at sunset as the church bells sound, they seal their love forever.  Naturally, the two teen lovebirds run away to Venice and attempt to seal their fates.

It's very sweet and adorable and it's just one of those movies that makes you smile the whole way through.  Netflix it or look for it on TCM. You won't be disappointed.  My husband even liked it.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember that movie! I was cute.

DEZMOND said...

in today's world of brutal and morbidly dark movies, classic ones are often true gems!

James Garcia Jr said...

Ooh! Really? I've never heard of this one, and I usually know them all. I will have to keep an eye out for this one. Even if I have to watch it myself. Thanks for the tip, Liz.


LD Masterson said...

I haven't seen that one but it's just my type. I'll look for it.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds terrific! Thanks for the recommendation.