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Love Story

Love Story (1970)

December. 16,1970
| Drama Romance

Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver's wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail.


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Jithin K Mohan

Where Do I Begin theme track is the best part of the film that still holds this film up above most of its copies that were churned out over the years and it never goes too melodramatic either. But the film could have taken some more time for establishing the characters and the relationship. Although not as good to get the numerous Oscar nominations it got this is still a very good film that became a template for the chick flicks.


At an time when people were tuning in, turning on, and dropping out and experimenting with all kinds free love and sex inspired by Woodstock, Love Story which never should have gotten an audience in that generation became the romantic film of the 70s. It still moves people in many ways. Since Erich Segal was a few years ahead of me in graduating from Midwood High School in Brooklyn you can imagine how incredibly popular the story was where I hail from. Maybe people could not identify with rich preppy kid Oliver Barrett IV but there were certainly a lot of folks who identified with scholarship kid from Providence.Who meet at Harvard and I guess opposites do attract because it really is love at first sight for Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw. Both created in Love Story the iconic parts they were identified with. Both spent their lives trying to be in something half as good.Love Story brought home one Oscar for musical scoring. The song Where Do I Begin one of the great romantic ballads of the latter half of the 20th century didn't rate a nomination. But the picture itself, Ryan O'Neal, Ali McGraw, and John Marley who played McGraw's working class father all got Oscar nods. Everyone likes a Cinderella story and this is one with a twist, the poor girl who lands a rich husband and didn't trap him to do it. O'Neal and McGraw are still iconic characters. Can you see a remake today with Ryan Gosling and Jessica Biel in the leads? I sure can, I'm surprised no one has done it.Until they do, this is as good as romance gets.


a phenomenon of its periodic. a famous musical theme. the old story from Verona. touching memories. and a great couple. social references. and few dialogues who are lovely food for nostalgic.a huge public success, almost surprising. and the air of fairy tale. one of films who mix , in decent manner, romanticism with old, ordinaries fears and expectations. and this simple recipes gives to it the aura who survives after decades. in essence, a mirror. for dreams, need of realism and crumbs of sweetness, the film with young , beautiful actors with the grace and natural performances as seed of admirable chemistry of relation on screen. and the only shadow is the after. this after in the career of each of lead actors is the detail who transforms Love Story in a firework.


This review is going to be brief, because what can you say about a movie about a girl who died when she was twenty five? Only that it had meticulously-crafted cinematography, witty dialogue, honest performances from O'Neal and McGraw, a perfect score, and a clichéd story line that deserved none of that. But I enjoyed the movie nevertheless, probably because I'm around the same age as Jenny in movie's exposition, and I too enjoy Mozart, Bach...and even the Beatles. I'll also add (since IMDb asks that I add more lines to this review) that I'm a big fan of Ryan O'Neal's, so pretty much any movie he's in, I'll enjoy. I'll also add (perhaps unnecessarily) that he retweeted me today and it sort of made my life.