What if you could time travel?
And if you could, what time period (past or future) would you travel to?
I ask these questions because this past weekend, I purchased and watched one of my all-time favorite romantic films, Somewhere In Time, and remembered why I love this story so much.
The magic lies within its simplicity and innocence yet, it is very powerful.
I can truthfully say that this movie is a TWO Kleenex box tear-generating piece of celluloid.
Oy vey…I cry EVERY time I watch it. But it’s a good cry.
Initially I saw this cult-classic back in the late 80’s with a close friend of mine at the time, and even he, who was always a very much in-control-of-his-emotions type of guy, CRIED.
Before I share a bit about the story, I have to tell you that this movie almost didn’t get made because Hollywood didn’t think the general public would identify with the subject matter, nor did they promote it with as much gusto as they did other films at the time. Somewhere In Time was made on a very low budget, and its stellar costars consented to do this project not for any kind of tremendous monetary compensation, but because the script touched them so deeply, they did it out of love.
Everyone in the cast and crew created this movie from a strong passion to produce it. And you can feel that passion when you watch it, because it shines through.
It is deemed, "The Most Romantic Love Story Ever Filmed."
One of my favorite things about this movie is the music. The breathtaking score adds so much to the emotion of this tender love story. The theme becomes embedded in your soul.
If you haven’t seen Somewhere In Time, it’s about playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve), who in 1972 meets an elderly woman during the opening night of one of his plays, who mysteriously walks up to him and places a pocket watch into his hand and pleads, “come back to me.” Richard doesn’t know who the woman is.
Eight years later, Richard takes a break from writing and travels out of town to the Grand Hotel for some R&R. While looking at a display in the hotel's museum, he becomes enthralled by a photograph of a beautiful woman, Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), who was a famous early 20th century stage actress. Upon digging deeper, Richard learns that she was the elderly woman who gave him the pocket watch eight years earlier, but subsequently died later that same evening.
Traveling to McKenna's home, Richard discovers a music box she had made, in the shape of the Grand Hotel that plays his favorite melody. He also discovers among her effects a book on time travel written by his old college professor, and learns that McKenna read the book several times. Richard becomes obsessed with the idea of traveling back to 1912 and meeting Elise McKenna, with whom he has fallen in love.
Without giving the detailed ending away, Richard and Elise do meet and rekindle the love they once shared from another time, but cannot stay with each other until they are joined in the hereafter.
The conclusion is so stunningly touching that your heart will melt, because you see that love is the one true thing...that is timeless.
*Somewhere In Time Fan Club