The fires of romance burn anew in Paramount Home Video’s “Ode to Romance” collection, which offers a dozen classic films with themes of love, romance and touching endings.
Included are some of the screen’s more delightful and romantic tales, going back to three early Audrey Hepburn films.
The oldest is “Roman Holiday,” the 1953 film with Gregory Peck that brought Hepburn an Oscar for her role as a rebellious princess who escapes to the streets of Rome.
Next is “Funny Face” (1957), a stylish musical set in Paris and featuring the singing and dancing of Fred Astaire.
The third Hepburn video is a romantic comedy, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), with George Peppard. It’s based on the Truman Capote novella.
The only other selection from the 1960s is “Barefoot in the Park” (1967), Neil Simon’s play about a conservative lawyer (Robert Redford) and his kooky bride (Jane Fonda).
Two films from the ‘70s and two from the ‘80s are included along with four from the ‘90s. There’s Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in “Love Story” (1970), and its 1978 sequel, “Oliver’s Story,” in which O’Neal teams with Candice Bergen.
The next decade is represented by “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982), with Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Lou Gossett Jr.; and “Pretty in Pink” (1986), starring then-teen sensations Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy (and one of Fox’s new “Partners"--Jon Cryer).
Ushering in the ‘90s is “Ghost” (1990), a story of a love that would not die featuring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, followed by two from 1991: “The Butcher’s Wife,” with Moore casting her spell of love and joy on butcher Jeff Daniels, and “Frankie and Johnny,” serving up Al Pacino as a short-order cook and Michelle Pfeiffer as a waitress. “Indecent Proposal,” the 1993 hit with Moore, Redford and Woody Harrelson, wraps up the series.
Two additional love stories have been included in the promotion: “Intersection” (1994), in which Richard Gere is torn between wife Sharon Stone and lover Lolita Davidovich, and director Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version of “Romeo and Juliet.”