Monday, July 16, 2007

Somewhere in time..

Few years ago, Astro was showing the movie 'Somewhere in time', acted by Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. It was a love story between lady and a guy separated by time. The sound track of the movie was also good. It captured the moment. I was half way through the movie when my younger bro started changing channels.

I went to look for the VCD. The movie was quite old. It was released in 1980. Went to many places to look for it. Finally i found it in Speedy. If you have the chance, please buy it. I can assure you, you will like it.

Somewhere in Time is a 1980 time travel romance film directed by Jeannot Szwarc, written by Richard Matheson and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright and an early cameo by William H. Macy. The film's tagline is: "He sacrificed life in the present... to find love in the past." The movie was filmed on location at the historic, very beautiful and majestic Grand Hotel, and the former Mackinac College - both located on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Although this movie was well received during its previews, it was ruthlessly trashed by the critics upon release and was unsuccessful at the box office. It has earned a large and loyal following since its release to cable television and video, and the movie is now regarded by many to be a cult classic.

Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who falls in love with a photograph of a young woman at the Grand Hotel. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to the year 1912 to find love with actress Elise McKenna (portrayed by Seymour). But her manager William Fawcett Robinson (portrayed by Plummer) is not happy at all and is resolved to stop him at all costs.

The film is adapted from the 1975 novel Bid Time Return by science fiction writer Richard Matheson, which was subsequently re-released under the film's title. The film is known for its beautiful musical score, composed by John Barry. In addition to Barry's score, the eighteenth variation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini runs throughout the film.

The film begins in May 1972, when playwright Richard Collier meets an old woman who gives him a pocket watch asking him to come back to her. Eight years later, Richard stays at the Grand Hotel and falls in love with a photograph of a beautiful woman. Richard asks Arthur Biehl, an old man who's been at the hotel since 1910, who the woman is and learns that she is Elise McKenna, a famous actress. Richard then researches who Elise is and learns that she was the old woman who gave him the pocket watch eight years ago.

Richard learns about time travel from an old college professor of his and that it can be achieved if one can go under hypnosis. However, to achieve this state of hypnosis, one must remove all things from sight that are related to the current time. He is also warned that such a process would leave one very weak, perhaps dangerously so. Richard heads back to his hotel room and then tries to travel back in time to the year 1912 under hypnosis with a tape recorder only to fail under stress. After a trip to the hotel's attic, Richard finds an old guest book from 1912 with his signature in it only to learn that he was there.

Richard again goes under hypnosis (this time without the tape recorder, since it was not around in 1912) and succeeds. Upon arriving in 1912, Richard looks all over the hotel for Elise, even meeting Arthur as a little boy, and has no luck finding her. Finally, Richard meets Elise standing by a tree by the lake and she asks him if he's the one. Before he can ask why, Elise's manager, William Fawcett Robinson, tells Richard to leave Ms. McKenna alone. Richard continues to seek Elise out again until finally she agrees to walk with him. Richard finally asks why Elise asked if he was the one and she replies that Robinson knows that she will meet a man that will change her life. Richard also shows Elise the same pocket watch in which she will give him 60 years later.


Cupid said...

Anyone who likes this movie is a friend of mine... How about some pop corn to go along with another rerun of it? I first saw the movie overseas & it made me dreamily wish I was back to the groovy 70s with an old girlfriend...!

Nightwing said...

Thanks Cupid for the nice comment. Ya its a lovely movie. I am trying to find the song for the movie, someone sang the song. I think it was a Philipino guy.