Friday, February 11, 2011

The Princes Of Cinema To The Rescue

Oh Valentines Day. Though a portion of us can celebrate this holiday in the fashion it is marketed to, the other section can only sit in their rooms and feel a bit on the outside of things. Maybe it's because you're busy with school, a job, or there just isn't the right fellow or miss that has crossed your magical path, either way Valentine's day just isn't for you. So, what does one do in such a situation? Though currently I'm not in that place myself, I have spent most of my V-Day's either alone or most definitely single. When the big ol' day comes around, I do something fun and grand: pop on a selection of movies starring my favorite men or princes as we will call them, the ones that make my heart a flutter and have a small day dream for fun!
So who are these dashing gentlemen who I speak of that cure my love blues? Well lets take a dive to find out!
Warning: These are my specific selections, so some of them might not be your fancy.
Edward Norton
Movies to Watch: The Illusionist and The Painted Veil
I've been a fan of Mr.Norton for a very long time. He has this ver
y classic film look to him, yet a complex edge that lets him dive into many specific roles that are never the same as the other. From a Neo-Nazi, A Priest, and The Hulk - Mr.Norton is nothing to give the short hand to. If you're going to get yourself lost in a romantic adventure with Norton, there are many films to chose from. I chose The Illusionist because of it's simple style of film yet very interesting story (it's one of my favorite short stories ever). The Painted Veil on the other hand is very complex and drawn out, with an ending that leaves you to think deeply about the way relationships work, set in the beautiful landscape of China, which he also produced. You should also check out Keeping The Faith, which though not frilly is ridiculously sweet and tugs my New York heart deeply.

Ralph Fiennes
Movies to Watch: The English Patient and The End of the Affair
Oh boy, I definitely have a thing for Ralph Fiennes. He has the edge and craft of being a unique actor, who also is ridiculously good looking. He turns characters that are creepy and demented on just the script and elevates them to a level of complex nature. But Ralph is also known for his numerous romantic leading roles. Yes, before he was Voldemort, Fiennes was the man to go to for romance in period films. Though I only chose two films, there are numerous to chose from. The English Patient gave Ralph his second Oscar nomination, which I think doesn't need anymore explaining on why you should see it (bring the tissues ladies!) and The End of the Affair is ridiculously intense, but so sweeping and dramatic, prepare for an emotional roller coaster. Fiennes has a lot to offer, so be ready!

Richard Chamberlain
Movies to Watch: The Slipper and The Rose and The Thorn Birds
Literally, Richard Chamberlain has played a handsome prince and to many in the 70's and 80's, he was that charming young man on both television and film. He's got the acting part down and has some great chemistry with his fellow actors. If you need your prince fix, see The Slipper and The Rose, a cute Rococo telling of Cinderella. Then check out the epic 80's mini-series, The Thorn Birds. Here Richard plays a priest in Australia, who guides an orphan girl into the right side of life. As she grows up though, Chamberlain's character begins to have feelings about her that change their lives forever. So go forth and get your Chamberlain on!

Gene Kelly
Movies to Watch: An American in Paris and Singing in the Rain
More in the mood for a dance in your heart? Then look no further then Gene Kelly, the American Dance god, in my opinion. This once working hard hero became the bad boy dancer to Fred Astaire's refined style in the 40's and 50's, making him a true icon. But it doesn't hurt that he is one of the most gorgeous men of his day and still stays in the minds of men and women everywhere as an all around classy fellow. Check out the classics mentioned above, but really you should see all his movies, especially all of the MGM musicals. No matter what, you can't go wrong with Kelly.

Fredric March
Movies to Watch: Death Takes a Holiday and I Married A Witch
My favorite actor in the world is this guy, Fredric March. He was a class act in his day. Playing odd roles along with tons of adorable romantic leads, March was way ahead of his time. But rather then recommending all of his serious work, check out all of these cute and fun little movies He made on the side. My first pick is Death Takes A Holiday, where March plays well, Death who falls in love with a beautiful rich girl and turns human (taking the part of a prince, no doubt!) for 3 days to win her heart. You should also check out the hilarious and silly I Married A Witch, where March plays a young politician whose part of a cursed family line that must now encounter the Witch that did the horrific act back in the 1600's. It's silly, fun, and romantic and stars hottie Veronica Lake. There's tons to look into when it comes to March.

So those are just a few of the Princes that I recommend spending some time with on this upcoming Valentines Day! Who are your favorite Cinematic Royalty? Comment down below!
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by Wisdoms-Pearl07)


  1. Singing in the rain is one of my absolute favourite movies!

    Colin Firth, Pride & Prejudice. Definitely my number one. Love, love, love, love, love!!! <3

  2. I second the Gene Kelly ♥!
    I also have to bring up Joseph Gordon Levitt... he's just AWESOME XD

  3. Now I have some new movies to watch

  4. Hi you might want to credit Liz (Wisdoms-Pearl07) for the picture at the top of the page.

  5. Thank you for giving me her link!
    Unfortunately I got this from the website and it doesn't link the original artist.