Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so why not mix it up with some of the romantic films from Olive’s library? You’ll find your fair share of both comedy and drama here, all wrapped up in romance. Whether you want to enjoy a movie alone or give a great film to your sweetheart, take a look at our Valentine’s Day Guide below. Click on the titles or formats to order your copies of these fantastic films now.
Hal Hartley is one of the most important American independent directors of the 1990s, and Trust may be his best work. With his second feature, he examines the troubled relationship between two maladjusted youths. Maria (Adrienne Shelly) and Matthew (Martin Donovan) find each other during particularly turbulent times in their lives and begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual identification and trust, while their families try to bring an end to their fragile and largely conceptual relationship.
Trust is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi) directs this heartwarming comedy about a young gay man who, in order to placate his traditional parents, must hide his “secret” and marry in The Wedding Banquet. Gay couple Wai-Tung (Winston Chao, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein, Streamers) are happily cohabitating in New York when word comes from Wai-Tung’s parents, who, tired of waiting for their son to marry, have hired a dating service to get him closer to the altar. Wai-Tung and Simon hatch a plot that’ll see Wai-Tung married to Wei-Wei (May Chin, Woman Soup), an acquaintance in need of her green card. Problem solved. That is, until Wai-Tung’s parents announce a visit and insist on a customary wedding banquet.
The Wedding Banquet is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Belle Epoque (1992)
Spain, 1931 is a politically divided nation and on the brink of war. With allegiances torn between Republican and Traditionalist factions, Fernando (Jorge Sanz, Conan the Barbarian), a disillusioned soldier, has chosen a third option — going AWOL. Fate intervenes during his escape when he meets Manolo (Fernando Fernán Gómez, All About My Mother), and his four visiting daughters, each more beautiful than the other. Clara (Miriam Díaz-Aroca, High Heels), Violeta (Ariadna Gil, Pan’s Labyrinth), Rocío (Maribel Verdú, Y Tu Mamá También) and Luz (Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will prove to be more than just a pleasant distraction for Fernando. While seeking refuge from the chaos of the outside world, he’ll find romance at every turn in the witty love story Belle Epoque.
Belle Epoque is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Operation Petticoat – Olive Signature (Blu-ray) (1959)
It’s hijinks on the high seas when revered Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman (Grant) and the somewhat unethical Lt. JG Nicholas Holden (Curtis) team to upright the USS Sea Tiger, a flagging submarine that’s seen better days. Limping along and barely held together with its borrowed parts, the Sea Tiger gets some unexpected company when five stranded Army nurses are brought aboard. Will the ailing vessel make it to safety, or will the love-struck sailors be sitting ducks?
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
- New High-Definition digital restoration
- Audio commentary by critic Adrian Martin
- “That’s What Everybody Says About Me” – with Jennifer Edwards and actress Lesley Ann Warren
- “The Brave Crew of the Petticoat” – with actors Gavin MacLeod and Marion Ross
- “The Captain and His Double: Cary Grant’s Struggle of the Self” – with Marc Eliot, author of Cary Grant: A Biography
- Universal Newsreel footage of Cary Grant and the opening of Operation Petticoat at the Radio City Music Hall
- Archival footage of the submarine USS Balao, which doubled as the USS Sea Tiger in Operation Petticoat
- Essay by critic Chris Fujiwara
Operation Petticoat – Olive Signature is available on Blu-ray.
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Robert Stack (TV’s Unsolved Mysteries) stars as Chuck Regan, a brash American skeet shooting champion whose visit to Mexico introduces him to two irresistible forces: the exotic Anita de la Vega (Joy Page) and the lure of the way of the matador. Unflinching in his confidence, Regan sets out to conquer both.
Bullfighter and the Lady is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Letter from an Unknown Woman – Olive Signature (Blu-ray) (1948)
This film is a tragic and romantic masterpiece of cinema that has been unfortunately overlooked in the past. From legendary director Max Ophuls (The Earrings of Madame de…) comes this deeply moving, timeless tale of love and obsession. In early 20th century Vienna, Stefan (Louis Jordan) is in the process of fleeing the city on the eve of a duel he wants no part in. Before he can do so, however, he receives an anonymous letter from an unknown woman (Joan Fontaine), someone he has known but disregarded for most of his life.
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
- Mastered from new 4K restoration
- Audio commentary by Max Ophüls expert Lutz Bacher
- “A Deal Made in a Turkish Bath” – interview with Oscar-winning documentarian Marcel Ophüls
- “An Independent Woman: Changing sensibilities in a post-war Hollywood” – interview with Professor Dana Polan
- “Ophülsesque: The Look of Letter from an Unknown Woman” – with cinematographers Ben Kasulke and Sean Price Williams
- “Letter from An Unknown Woman: Passion’s Triumph” – visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
- Essay by critic Molly Haskell
Letter from an Unknown Woman – Olive Signature is available on Blu-ray.
A New Leaf – Olive Signature (Blu-ray) (1971)
A New Leaf, the deliciously dark and deadpan comedy from writer-director-comedian Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid), stars Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple) as Henry Graham, who, due to his extravagant lifestyle, has run through his inheritance. Henry decides to marry into wealth, and once the vows have been taken he’ll decide how to handle getting out of the marriage. Enter wealthy heiress Henrietta Lowell (May), a klutzy botanist and the woman of Henry’s get-rich-quick-scheme dreams. Will Henry be able to rid himself of the seemingly intolerable Henrietta, or will love’s roots finally take hold?
OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
- New restoration from 4K scan of original camera negative
- Audio commentary by film scholar Maya Montanez Smukler
- “The Cutting Room Floor: Editing A New Leaf” – interview with A New Leaf assistant editor Angelo Corrao
- “Women in Hollywood: A Tragedy of Comic Proportions” – with director Amy Heckerling
- Essay by critic, editor & film programmer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- “The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, the source material for Elaine May’s script
A New Leaf – Olive Signature is available on Blu-ray.
The Facts of Life (1960)
Bob Hope (The Road To Hong Kong) and Lucille Ball (Yours, Mine and Ours) are teamed in The Facts of Life, a romantic comedy with dramatic twists. When their spouses are unable to join them on a planned group trip, longtime friends, Larry Gilbert (Hope) and Kitty Weaver (Ball) find themselves thrown together and falling in love under the sun in beautiful Acapulco. With their vacation coming to an end, both Larry and Kitty find themselves torn between feeling guilty about the affair and whether or not to end it.
The Facts of Life is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
February 5, 2018