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Love is a many splendored thing


Maybe it’s not a big deal in Germany, but I grew up with Valentine’s Day. If I’m honest, it does bother me that I won’t be getting special attention from a significant other. And even though I don’t consider myself a girlie girl, I do love a good romance.

That’s why I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to cuddle up with some chocolate, champagne and a good love story. Here are a couple of my favorite films that have found their way into the public domain.

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

I love Elizabeth Taylor in this. She is breathtakingly beautiful and that allows her character to get away with things she might otherwise be scolded for. Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited, the film starts as WWII ends. Keep an eye out for our lovely Zsa Zsa who left us over the holidays.

Royal Wedding (1951)

One name: Fred Astaire. He is one of the reasons I love dance. This is the film where he does that fabulous dancing on the ceiling. It also shows why Peter Lawford was so popular. What this film lacks in story, it makes up for in set design and dance.

Charade (1963)

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn: SWOON. The suspense of this one will have you guessing right up to the last minute. I love the Givenchy skiwear in the first scene and the party games at the bar where people have to pass an orange without using their hands… it’s steamy.

Artist, curator and writer: maeshelle west-davies gleans her varied life experiences to expose a personal perspective through a multitude of mediums.

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