Guest Author - Amber Grey
Nothing is more enchanting or fleeting than a summer romance. The following Top 5 films have the uncanny ability of recapturing everything a summer romance has to offer - the passion, the heat and some of them, the inevitable heartbreak when it all has to end.
1. "Picnic" (1955) Based off of William Inge's Tony-award winning play, "Picnic" captures the full 24-hours of what happens in one Kansas town on Labor Day. Starring William Holden as "Hal Carter", his character arrives in town to visit an old college friend of his. But during his visit, Hal gets caught up in everyone's lives and the drama that ensues by their relationships with each other. Just take one look at the film poster and you'll see what you're in for.
2. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958). Base off of Tennessee William's classic play, this film stars Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor as Brick and Maggie Politt, a young couple struggling to keep it together under the watchful gaze of Brick's family. As they celebrate Big Daddy's 65th birthday in his hometown of Mississippi, the couple soon begin to realize that they're not the only ones who are facing problems in their lives.
3. "Paris When It Sizzles" (1964). In this romantic comedy William Holden stars as "Richard Benson", an overly confident screenwriter who has two days to write a screenplay for his boss. He hires "Gabrielle", played by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, to help type out the script. Unlike the rest of the films on this list, which are devoted in seeking out the passion and heat of the summer, "Paris When It Sizzles" is passionate but still remains quirky enough to not take it too seriously.
4. "A Summer Place" (1959). Based on the novel by Sloan Wilson, this film stars Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. Set in Maine, this is a tale of "the one that got away" as it illustrates the short romance that happened between two teenagers of very different backgrounds, played by Richard Egan and Dorothy Mcguire. Years later, when they are both in failing marriages to other people, their teenage children fall in love. Through the romance of their children, they are reunited and fall in love with each other all over again. But are they willing to break up their marriages to stay together after the summer has gone? Or is it just another summer fling before they return to their individual lives?
5. "Summer of 42" (1972). Starring Jennifer O'Neill and Garry Grimes, this film is a "coming of age" story that is set on Nantucket Island in the summer of 1942. The film follows 15-year old Hermie (Grimes) who has a brief affair with a war widow, while the rest of his friends are eagerly racing towards the same point of approaching adulthood.