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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.

Two for the Road (1967)
Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Annie Hall (1977)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
5x2 (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Perhaps no film has a stronger structural kinship with One Day than Same Time, Next Year. This romantic comedy, which began life as a 1975 Broadway hit by Canadian playwright Bernard Slade, tells the story of two married lovers who meet up once every year. In 1978, Slade adapted the play for Robert Mulligan to direct, with the protagonists, East Coast accountant George and West Coast housewife Doris, played by Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn (who'd originated the role on Broadway). The hook of Same Time, Next Year is that for one day in every 365, George and Doris have a loving, communicative, mature relationship with each other in a Northern California inn – despite the fact that both have spouses and children they love back home. Over more than 20 years, they share the intimate details of their lives with each other, including the devastating impact of George's son dying in the Vietnam War. Urban Cinefile's Louise Keller writes of the film, “Their time together each year may be short, but it is intensely intimate. They share a birth, a death, a hippie phase, a difference in politics and even act as marriage counsellor for each other. Alda goes from love-struck to serious, while Burstyn changes from femme fatale to hippie and then conformist grandmother. There are quarrels, romantic reunions and sorrowful partings. There's a serious question and a serious answer. But overall, we are entranced by the connection between the two characters, and the resolution (after 26 years of meetings) is exactly what we would want. It's funny, sad, unexpected and moving. Just like life and its relationships.”