I heard this tune played the other day, and I was thinking what is that song? I heard it before so many times – but I don’t actually know the origin, well anyhow, its from the 1970 movie “Love Story” considered by many to be the most romantic film of all time, or one of them.
The American Film Institute lists it as number 9, here’s the top 10 for you:
1 Casablanca (1942)
2 Gone With the Wind (1939)
3 West Side Story (1961)
4 Roman Holiday (1953)
5 An Affair to Remember (1957)
6 The Way We Were (1973)
7 Doctor Zhivago (1965)
8 It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
9 Love Story (1970)
10 City Lights (1931)
Well I don’t think Casablanca really, cos its a war film with a highly political message, and Gone with the Wind? Thats just bollocks isn’t it? I don’t know the next few up to Doctor Zhivago (yawn) – Don’t really remember its a Wonderful Life, and then you got our number 9.
So anyhow, basically, I’m ignoring the list, “Love Story” is in fact the most romantic one, (actually I rather liked Anna Karenina – but lets not lose the plot – we’re talking about Love that makes you weep at the end of the film, I didn’t really get that with Anna – its implied as a moral tale really, she gets whats coming to her, poor dear, its very sad, but we all see it coming. In Love story, (I haven’t seen it, I just read the plot) these 2 characters, Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw struggle with their love, and just when its going well, things change for the worse, and everyone ends up bawling.
Anyhoo, I don’t want to give too much away in case you’re going to watch it.
I remember going on this romantic break as a child, ok, it wasn’t meant to be a romantic break, but it turned out that way, a load of kids camping in Wales, at the end of the holiday, there were 2 buses lined up, one for kids returning home north, and the other for kids headed south – a lot of tearful kids who had fell in love with others on the opposite bus, so the 2 busses were alongside in the car park, and we’re all waving at our friends we would not see again, and these kids at the back of the bus were all singing the Love Story song, “Da, da, da, da, Da, da, da, da, Da, da, da, da, “
It was my earliest memory of that song really, they all knew what it was, and so did I, and I felt this pang for this girl on the other bus, all of us pressing our faces on the windows and holding up love notes scribbled out at the last moment!
Anyhow, how did they all know that song? Had they seen it on TV? Or just learned the song from other kids? It was The standard love theme of the 70’s, The big romance movie every knew about – adults streamed out of cinemas in dreadful trauma from having watched the bloody thing, and yet today, it seems fairly forgotten – considering its meant to be so good, and ranks so high, I mean, I seen Casablanca since I was a child, everyone has, but I have never seen Love Story – it seems to have sunk without trace.
Its probably just some sentimental tosh! That song tho! It doesn’t even have a proper trailer, just stills with the song – seems to me, the song is the one enduring thing that puts it up there? Perhaps the song is better than the movie – probably, but reading the plot, its probably got all it needs to induce romanticism on a fairly massive scale. You know when you’re madly in love with someone, and you’re forced apart by circumstances – oh gawd! “Da, da, da, da, Da, da, da, da, Da, da, da, da, “ . . .
I think we need new romance movies, like really really good, with moving plot and dialogue, but skip the tragedy part and go for happily ever after – but no cheese! Its difficult to think of one – I keep meaning to see “Brief Encounter (1945) they tell me its rather good! Something about trains and shagging 😀