Love is Blindness

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Seeing the trailer (click on the link below) has me counting down the days for December when F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby comes back to the big screen. Fans of Baz Luhrmann are doubly-psyched.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d know that Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton all star in the upcoming film. But what’s really got me going is the music choice for the trailer. Jack White’s cover of the U2 song, “Love is Blindness” is genius. If you’re lucky, it’s the type of song that sends you plummeting back into memories of the emotional firestorm that accompanied first love. For those of you that are robots never experienced an all-consuming chemical reaction with someone else, here are a few more films chosen for their lush style and accurate depiction of that cataclysmic dopamine overload we call desire.

“The Lover” (1992) Jean-Jacques Annaud

Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 Vietnam. The cinematography is lovely, the location lush, and the talent is gorgeous (Tony Leung and Jane March). Stylish and steamy.

“Kama Sutra” (1996) Mira Nair

Two childhood friends (one is a courtesan, the other a princess) grow up to become rivals. Exotic, excellent costuming, beautiful cinematography and solid acting talent. Spoiler alert: the caste system + true love = tragedy.

No video link here, too hot for the blogosphere, but just check out the star, Indira Varma, in costume. Now that’s a girl that can “werq” (Hey, Ru!) a pearl necklace.

Wuthering Heights” (2009)

Emily Bronte’s novel in its umpteenth film iteration. This one is superior for one reason: Um, Tom Hardy. As Heathcliff so, it’s a real bodice ripper. Here’s a teaser for you…









(Pardon the music but this is a fan trailer – there is no official one for the series)