Movie Class 101 – Week 010 – Remembering Nora

July 27, 2012

You don’t have to like romance or comedy.  You don’t have to love the movies this woman sent forth into the world.  But you do have to acknowledge their place in our cultural landscape.

Comedy is hard.  Romantic comedy, more so.

This week we lost a romantic comedy legend when Nora Ephron died.  So we celebrate her by remembering her work; the drama, the truth and the romance.  Let’s face it.  It takes an amazing person to write something as powerful as Silkwood, follow it up with something as personal as Heartburn and as iconic as When Harry Met Sally…

But then she came from a strong writing background given that her parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, wrote a truly classic romantic comedy (and one of my personal favorites) – Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Maybe our society has moved past the syrupy sweet romance of Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail but in their time and place they were the fluffy bubblegum of choice.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Without further ado, here is this week’s film list:

1.  Silkwood (1983)
2.  When Harry Met Sally…(1989)
3.  Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Additional Films:

4.  Heartburn (1986)
5.  Michael (1996)
6.  Julie & Julia (2009)

Bonus Film:

Desk Set (1957)

Discussion Questions:

1.  What do you like about romantic comedies?
2.  What do you hate about romantic comedies?
3.  Do you think that writers who direct their own work do a better job that a separate writer and director or are they too close to the material to make difficult judgment calls for the betterment of the picture?

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