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803 Ratings

An Affair to Remember

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1957
Drama, Romance


A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen?

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An Affair to Remember Directed by Leo McCarey

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1958 | 4 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Directors Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

The Empire State Building, the pair’s intended meeting place, comes off as a phallic cathedral, and the obstacles that fate throws in their way—as if in retribution for the sins of betrayal, lust, and hope for celestial happiness on Earth—are riotously cartoonish but provoke no change in directorial tone. The suddenly sanitized tale lurches toward the finish with an all-time howler of a last line.
May 25, 2017
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The film is for some the last surfacing of his old talent, though for all its significant pleasures it feels like a holding pattern…
July 13, 2016
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One thing that doesn’t get brought up enough about An Affair To Remember, one of the great tearjerkers of the Golden Age of the Cinemascope weepie, is that it’s incredibly funny. Laugh-out-loud funny, in fact. Writer-director Leo McCarey could appeal to emotion with the best of them (see: the devastatingly sad Make Way For Tomorrow), but he also had a knack for loose, semi-anarchic comedy. This is, after all, the guy who directed Duck Soup.
June 19, 2015
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