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As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time
Posted June 29, 2011 to photo album "As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time"
One Day tells the two-decade story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess). Like other films, from When Harry Met Sally to Brokeback Mountain, One Day recognizes how our relationships change and deepen over time. We look at 10 other great films of loves that go on.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Perhaps no movie uses time to show the change and development of a relationship in such an ingenious manner as Groundhog Day. In Harold Ramis' inventive comedy, grouchy TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) finds himself forced to relive the same day over and over again: February 2 – or Groundhog Day – in the quaint Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney. As he gets used to the idea that he's stuck in temporal purgatory, Phil begins spending his time working out how to seduce his pretty young producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell), learning as much as possible about her so that he can present himself as her perfect man. Inevitably, despite months of effort to get her into bed, it never quite works. Ultimately, after a number of dead ends, Phil refocuses his attention and instead tries to get the most out of what February 2 in Punxsutawney can offer: he saves the life of a choking man in a restaurant, catches a boy who falls out of a tree, helps three old ladies with a flat tire, and learns to play piano and make ice sculptures. Of course, by bettering himself Phil becomes somebody that Rita is actually interested in; he has lived with their relationship long enough to be ready to make it a reality. In his “Great Films” essay on Groundhog Day, Roger Ebert writes, “Slowly, inexpertly, Phil begins to learn from his trial runs through Feb. 2. Ramis and [screenwriter Danny] Rubin in an early draft had him living through 10,000 cycles, and Ramis calculates that in the current version he goes through about 40. During that time, Phil learns to really see himself for the first time, and to see Rita, and to learn that he loves her, and to strive to deserve her love. He astonishingly wants to become a good man. ...There is a moment when Phil tells Rita, "When you stand in the snow, you look like an angel." The point is not that he has come to love Rita. It is that he has learned to see the angel.”