When I was 15, my mother decided it was time to put a little epic romance in my life by showing me the 1957 classic An Affair to Remember. I had just seen Sleepless in Seattle at a friend’s sleepover and couldn’t stop talking about it, so my mother thought it would be good for me to know where that film had gotten its inspiration. So as a young teenager then in my first “real” relationship, I watched An Affair to Remember and imagined the day I would get a New Year’s kiss like the one shared between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. I watched as this epic romance unfolded, and suddenly, I felt like one moment could change my entire life, like I could meet my true love on the next New Year’s Eve (or the one after that).
Quick refresher: In the film, Kerr and Grant kiss on New Year’s Eve. But after realizing they’re both engaged to other people, they make a deal to meet on top of the Empire State Building in six months if they’re both still interested. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, but the important thing is that it all started with a perfect New Year’s kiss.
Watch the “trailer” for An Affair to Remember below:
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