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"Shari L. Rosenblum" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 27 Oct 1999 23:32:22 EDT
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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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