CINEMA: Oh, Forget It

Was a remake of An Affair to Remember necessary?

Handsome couple, swell clothes, upper-crust settings, smart, sexually sparring dialogue and a plot device that contrives to keep the pair apart until you think you -- and they -- are about to burst. It worked in 1939. It worked in 1957, when it was retitled An Affair to Remember. It even worked last year when it was extensively quoted in Sleepless in Seattle. How is it, then, that Love Affair doesn't work in 1994?

Probably because it's been postmodernized. Previously Terry (Annette Bening in the new version) was a virgin, perkily defending that status while the threat to her innocence, Mike...

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