The top ten unlikely screen romances
Romance blossoms in the most unlikely of places
As Shakespeare famously wrote in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the course of true love never did run smooth… and that’s when both participants are relatively straightforward sixteenth-century teens. When one of you is a car, a computer or a country, another layer of complexity is added to the courtship process. Time Out’s film writers round up their favourite oddball romances, a list which brings an entirely new definition to the term ‘alternative lifestyle’.
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Girl and gorilla
Star-crossed lover no. 1
Giant island-bound ape Kong
Star-crossed lover no. 2
Ann Darrow (Fay Wray)
The meet cute
Ann is kidnapped by natives and prepared as a sacrifice for Kong. When she’s rescued, he pursues her and is taken back to New York. Breaking free, he grabs her, chiefly out of protection and love. While terrified, Ann shows serious concern for his wellbeing. Slightly one-sided, sure, but a complex connection.
Happily ever after?
Hardly. Ann goes off with a human lover, Driscoll, while Kong is felled by airplane gunfire.
Words of love
‘It was Beauty killed the Beast.’
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