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Love Affair

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Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 47 minutes.
Publication date: Oct. 21, 1994
Review by Shellie Iliff
Released: (1994)

The third time is indeed a charm. Warren Beatty, along with real-life wife Annette Bening and director Glenn Gordon Caron, brings the third iteration of the romantic and tragic "Love Affair" to life, this time in a '90s setting. "Love Affair" was originally made in 1939, then bronzed as a classic in 1957 with stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in "An Affair to Remember."
 

 
The plot is basically intact for this rendition: Two strangers meet on a trip and, although betrothed to others, fall fatefully in love. They promise to meet in three month's time, but an accident keeps them apart--as does each person's pride. With gloriously filmed settings in New York and Tahiti and a streamlined dialogue, "Love Affair" is a delight for those who know the story as well as those who don't.
 

 
"Love Affair" is packed with high-end talent. Beatty, as screenwriter, producer and star, spared no expense. His performance does, however, lack some of the energy emitted by Bening and some members of the superb supporting cast, which includes Garry Shandling, Chloe Webb, Pierce Brosnan and Kate Capshaw. Katharine Hepburn makes her first screen appearance since 1981 as the elderly but feisty Aunt Ginny.
 

 
Even with this high-powered cast, "Love Affair" belongs to Bening. Her grace and wit rivals Kerr's performance as the dynamic Terry McKay. Bening continues to outperform husband Beatty, first in "Bugsy," and now in "Love Affair." An Oscar nomination for her would be fair and most expected this year.

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