vintage films

the BBC seem to be showing old films at the moment;  I rarely find the time to watch films in the afternoon, but with I player have managed to watch ‘Carmen Jones’ and “Love is a many splendored thing’.  both are from around the 1950’s/1960’s era and are interesting watching – beautifully choreographed, great clothes, but also a reminder of how old fashioned views towards women, morality, race were.  we are so lucky to be living in times where most women have more respect, freedom and appreciation.  I particularly resonated with the Euroasian character in the story of 1950’s Hong Kong, who wanted to embrace her Chinese side  and I loved all her superstitions – I can hear my own mother in those stories…… and she also used to believe in fortune tellers.

although a bit of a cheesy film and strictly for watching the beautiful clothes, the lyrics are actually very beautiful.
Love is a many splendored thing
It’s the April rose that only grows in the early Spring
Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king
Once on a high and windy hill, In the morning mist
Two lovers kissed and the world stood still
Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love’s a many splendored thing
Love is a many splendored thing
It’s the April rose that only grows in the early Spring
Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king
Once on a high and windy hill, In the morning mist
Two lovers kissed and the world stood still
Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing
Yes, true love’s a many splendored thing
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Sammy Fain / Paul Webster
this was Alice’s wedding a couple of years ago in Regents Park

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