I know, I know, my blog went silent again after Downton Abbey’s conclusion. But I needed time to mourn Cousin Matthew. But I’m back, and ready to write a fun post!
In honor of the arrival of spring, I thought I’d post about some of my favorite couples from period pieces. This may also be a thinly veiled way of allowing me to profess my new found love for a certain actor (I’m looking at you, Eddie Redmayne).
So, let’s get right down to the list, shall we? These are in no particular order.
1. Victoria & Albert (The Young Victoria): Despite a few glaring historical inaccuracies, I really love this movie. Both Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend are fantastic in it and have wonderful chemistry. And it’s always nice to see a royal match that actually involves love.
Favorite Victoria & Albert moment: Victoria’s proposal to Albert. It’s too perfect to try to explain, so just watch the video and you’ll know what I mean.
2. Jack Jackson & Aliena (Pillars of the Earth): I finally watched this miniseries based on the book by Ken Follett after it was recommended by a friend. And while I always admired Eddie Redmayne’s acting abilities, he brought an intense romantic stare to this role the likes of which I have not seen since Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy (don’t worry, he’s coming up). Eddie’s role as Jack has made him my new favorite celebrity crush.
Favorite Jack & Aliena moment: When Jack discusses the inspiration behind his sculpting to Aliena and finally gives in to his feelings and kisses her.
3. Matthew & Mary (Downton Abbey): You knew they’d fall in here somewhere, didn’t you? The tempestuous couple kept many viewers (including me) wondering if they’d ever get together. Both were stubborn and opinionated but they made a fine match. Matthew saw the vulnerability behind Mary’s icy exterior, and Mary loved him for it.
Favorite Matthew & Mary moment: As Spanish Influenza invades the house, Matthew and Mary dance and Matthew informs Mary she’s his stick.
4. Jack Dawson & Rose Dewitt Bukater (Titanic): Yes, I know, I know, but my teenage self would never forgive me if I didn’t include them. Sure, they only knew each other for a little over 48 hours, but they were on the “ship of dreams”–anything could happen! Even a class-crossing love connection.
Favorite Jack & Rose moment: It’s a tie:
#1 When Rose meets Jack at the clock and Jack asks Rose if she wants to go to a “real party” and
# 2 When Rose jumps out of the lifeboat and rushes back inside to Jack, reminding him that they promised “You jump, I jump.”
5. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice): Well, this one is pretty much a given. And it’s a toss up for me between the classic 1995 TV miniseries with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle and the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I know a lot of Austen purists detest the film, and while I agree it strays a good deal from the book, I loved Macfadyen’s interpretation of Darcy.
Favorite Lizzie & Darcy moment: From the miniseries: When Elizabeth helps Georgiana turn the pages of her music and she and Mr. Darcy exchange love-laced glances (or in Darcy’s case, a really long, intense stare).
From the film: I mean, come on, can you beat Darcy walking across a foggy field as the sun rises in a state of undress, his coat flying behind him? Yes, I know, it never would have happened! But I’d like to think it could have just the same.
Of course there are more period couples I adore, and perhaps I’ll do a “part 2” post sometime. But in the meantime, what are some of your favorite screen couples?