The countdown of Romantic movies continues apace at the great movie website Wonders in the Dark, with five new essays this week:
- 41. Black Orpheus (Orfeo Negro)
- 40. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
- 39. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
- 38. Senso
- 37. When Harry Met Sally
The odd one out here is, obviously, The Man who Laughs, based on the Victor Hugo novel L’Homme qui Rit. Most people would, I think, classify Paul Leni’s screen adaptation as a horror movie rather than a romantic one, yet some of our most iconic horror movies similarly have a strong romantic theme: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is one very obvious example; at least two of the versions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923/1939; also of course based on a Hugo novel) fall into this category too. We can all think of others.