In this section, I would love to bring attention to love stories that you may not have seen.
More will be added in the future
Our Mutual Friend
Perhaps because this is a Dickens novel, it has been overlooked as one of the great love stories. There are many twists and turns, but through it all, you see two independent love stories, their suitors and another suitor who will not be denied. Truly a romantic novel unexpected by Dickens, but has romance all through it.
One of several British miniseries adaptations of Charles Dickens‘ novel Our Mutual Friend, this four-part version debuted over the BBC in 1998. The production’s generous running time (total: six hours), enabled scenarist Sandy Welch to include virtually every important detail in this complex Victorian-era saga of how a mysterious waterfront death inextricably linked the lives of two young women, Lizzie Hexam (Keeley Hawes) and Bella Wilfer (Anna Friel). The richness of the Dickensian prose was complemented by the visuals, which incorporated everything from documentary-style handheld camerawork to Eisenstein-ish montages, and by the eerily polytonal musical score by Adrian Johnston.
This BBC miniseries brings the epic book to life, recounting the sweeping tale of two turbulent love affairs that play out amid a web of wealth, corruption, passion and betrayal in 1860s London. The ensemble cast includes David Morrissey (Hilary and Jackie) and Steven Mackintosh (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Our Mutual Friend was Charles Dickens’s last completed novel before his death in 1870, and some say it was one of his greatest.
Also starring: Paul McGann
Falling for a Dancer
Set in 1930s Cork, nineteen-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with a young actor and dancer and becomes pregnant. With no chance of finding the father, and trying to avoid entering the Magdalene Laundries, she chooses to marry an older man who she first meets on her wedding day and moves to her new life in West Cork. The series follows Elizabeth through this marriage and her new life on a farm in West Cork. It is here Elizabeth has her baby but her choice of marriage has its darker side; resentment from her step children, moments of tragedy and a longing for young love and passion that she does not get from her husband, Neeley.
An outstanding performance by Liam Cunningham, the neighbor across the way, who falls in love with her from the first time he saw Elizabeth. You can feel the love that Liam (plays Mossie Sheehan) has, but feels unworthy to offer.
One of the greatest films for feeling the love. Also stars a young Colin Farrell as one of her secret admires.
Tristan and Isolde 2006
One of the most dramatic love stories outside of Romeo and Juliet.
Set in Britain in the Dark Ages, just after the Romans ended their occupation, the barons are fighting among themselves much to the glee of Ireland’s King Donnchadh for it gives him power over Britain. But one of the English barons plan a treaty that will unite all the powerful English lords and thereby bring an end to Ireland’s power. But the Irish king foils their plan leaving the Lord of Aragon dead and his son orphaned. Fast-forward to nine years and we see Tristan of Aragon in the care of Lord Marke who raised Tristan like his own son. One day, after slaying the Irish warrior who killed his father, Tristan was badly injured and thought dead by his clan. Set adrift in the sea, fate takes his boat to the Irish coast where the beautiful Irish princess, Isolde, finds him and nurses him to recovery. Along the way, the couple falls in love only to be separated when almost discovered by Isolde’s father.
But it seems that fate hasn’t finished playing her joke on the star-crossed lovers. With the Irish king’s offer for a truce comes his daughter’s hand in marriage along with a large dowry. Now Tristan fights in a tournament on behalf of Lord Marke, unaware that the woman he fights for is the same one whom he fell in love with. And so begins the epic story of betrayal, passion and forbidden love. >>trailer