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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)
Two for the Road (1967)

Two for the Road (1967)

Stanley Donen, while famous for being one of Hollywood's great musical directors (Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town), also directed Two for the Road, a surprisingly daring drama which uses a non-linear narrative to examine a troubled 12-year marriage. Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn play husband and wife Mark and Joanna Wallace. The story begins with a series of flashbacks, as Hepburn thinks back over her relationship with Finney, and specifically four road trips they took through France. We see how they fall in love, marry, have a baby, fight, cheat, and fight some more – but not in that order. Writing in the New York Times at the time of the film's release, critic Bosley Crowther said, “So erratic is the continuity [in] this helter-skelter film that it isn't quite clear ...where the past and coming events merge. ...But it doesn't really matter, because what the film has to say about the state of matrimony and the restlessness of modern husbands and wives is more in the jumble of details and the eccentricity of the montage than it is in the exposition of a rational development. The method is the message, as it were.” The movie makes the point that the order of events in a relationship is ultimately irrelevant – as long as you are able to take the right lessons from what happened and move forward.