Cinema has often been a place of refuge – it’s warm, dry and you can temporarily forget your troubles whilst getting absorbed in those of the folks on the screen. Weepies so called because they make you cry have long been a staple of cinema fare. Plus crying is good for you – it can help release pent up emotion, reduce stress and leave you feeling refreshed.
So we decided that as part of this year’s Love Arts Festival that we would have a weepie as part of it and massive thanks to the Hyde Park Picture House for enabling this – but we also need your help to decide which of these classic weepies we collectively quietly sob at – tissues will be provided when you buy your ticket. If you need waterproof mascara though – you’ll have to provide that yourself.
The choice of films is between:
Casablanca (1942) According to IMDb, this is the tale of a cynical American expatriate encountering a former lover with unforeseen complications but is so much more than this – it’s a tale of how war impacts on ordinary people, what difference ordinary people can make as well as lots of love stories – not just the one between the main characters. All the performances are stellar from the leads down to the bit parts – look out for the woman moved to tears when involved in the anthem fight in the bar.
Now, Voyager (1942) IMDb describes this as a frumpy spinster blossoming under therapy and becoming an independent woman. But that doesn’t sum up how wonderful the film is. It’s smart, it’s sassy, it’s melodramatic and transformative and Claude Rains psychiatrist is especially insightful and sympathetic.
Brief Encounter (1945) According to IMDb this is a story of a woman meeting a stranger in a railway station and contemplating cheating on her husband. But that doesn’t tell the whole story – for a start he is contemplating cheating on his wife too – but it’s also a tale of love, temptation, redemption, self sacrifice and there’s a lot of humour in it too – the scenes in the tea room between the station guard played so wonderfully by Stanley Holloway and the wannabe social climber tea room proprietess played by Joyce Carey are a joy to watch and provide welcome respite from the otherwise unhappy romance.
All three are beautifully shot, have stunning soundtracks and feature wonderful actors at the top of their game. Casablanca and Brief Encounter will be digital projections and Now Voyager will be on 35mm film – a real treat for cinephiles.
Now all we need to know is which one you fancy watching with us in the comfort of the dark with tissues at the ready…
Date: Sun 8 Oct, 2pm
Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD