In a message dated 10/27/99 2:21:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> Dear List-members,
> I am to write about "unlikely couples" and I would appreciate it if I
> could exchange some ideas about this.
> With "unlikely couples" I refer to films such as "King Kong", where
> there is a relationship between a monkey and a girl or "pretty woman",
> where you have an affair between a businessman and a prostitute.
> Which films could be the most logic choices to represent this ?
You've given a very broad definition, I think, because the overriding factor
in each of the couples (aside from King Kong and, in part, Beauty and the
Beast) is that both partners, however identified, are actually very
good-looking specimens -- perfect mates except for the role they are playing.
But allowing for that, here's what comes to mind along the lines you suggest:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- a woman and a creature.
LE BOUCHER -- a school teacher/headmistress and a serial killer.
CAL -- a 20ish semi-soldier for the IRA and the wife of the protestant
policeman he had a hand in killing.
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR -- a young widow and the ghost of a dead sea captain.
I MARRIED A WITCH -- man and witch
ONE TOUCH OF VENUS (see, also MANNEQUIN) -- window dresser and mannequin.
OUT OF SIGHT -- bank robber and FBI agent.
THE PIANO -- a 19th-century mute young widow/new bride from Scotland and a
former whaler tattoed in the Maori style.
PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO -- a woman and a fictional film character.
PYGMALION (see,also, MY FAIR LADY) -- haughty professor and cockney flower
SPLASH -- a young businessman and a mermaid.
STARMAN -- a woman and an alien in her husband's body.
A STRANGER AMONG US -- Hasidic man and non-practicing/non-Jewish woman cop.
WHITE PALACE -- mid-20s Jewish upper middle class yuppie and a 40ish
non-Jewish deep blue collar waitress at a hamburger stand.
WITNESS -- Amish woman and hard-boiled non-Amish cop.
American television series:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- extended riff on relationship between the woman and
the creature, without the creature's transformation into good-looking young
BEWITCHED -- man and witch.
BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER -- (Buffy and Angel) -- relationship between a
teen-aged vampire slayer and a 244-year-old vampire.
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR -- more of the same
I DREAM OF JEANNIE -- pilot and genie.
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