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Which version do you prefer, An Affair to Remember or Love Affair?

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If you have ever watched Love Affair and An Affair to Remember , you would have noticed that they are strikingly similar, even the characters' preference for pink champagne. I personally love Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne's performance in Love Affair as compared to Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr's performance in An Affair to Remember. However, my friends seem to hold a different view.

 

In your opinion, which movie is better? Which leading lady do you think nailed her role the best?

-Thanks, and happy watching!

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This is an interesting question and I wonder if the fact that one is in black and white and the other in color and widescreen has any bearing. I watched them back-to-back one time and I have to admit that "An Affair to Remember" seemed a little bloated to me after seeing the original, even though I was familiar with that one first and only saw the Dunne-Boyer version many years after. Maybe something about the character of Nicky too. For all Cary Grant's charm, the fact that the character was still so unformed so late in life may have worked against him. Boyer seemed younger, though I have no idea right now of their relative ages when they played the parts. I think I tend to agree with the OP that the 1939 version has the edge, but I will always love both of them.

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This is an interesting question and I wonder if the fact that one is in black and white and the other in color and widescreen has any bearing. I watched them back-to-back one time and I have to admit that "An Affair to Remember" seemed a little bloated to me after seeing the original, even though I was familiar with that one first and only saw the Dunne-Boyer version many years after. Maybe something about the character of Nicky too. For all Cary Grant's charm, the fact that the character was still so unformed so late in life may have worked against him. Boyer seemed younger, though I have no idea right now of their relative ages when they played the parts. I think I tend to agree with the OP that the 1939 version has the edge, but I will always love both of them.

 

I agree with your take here.   The Grant\Kerr version doesn't have as much charm as the Boyer\Dunne one IMO.

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The 1939 version is much better in my opinion, because we have the wonderful Madame Ouspenskaya during the middle section of the film. And I think Irene plays the character's malady a bit more sincerely than Deborah does.

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