Leo McCarey

Love Affair

Love Affair

Golden-age Hollywood’s humanist master Leo McCarey brings his graceful touch and relaxed naturalism to this sublime romance, one of cinema’s most intoxicating tear-wringers. Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer are chic strangers who meet and fall in love aboard an ocean liner bound for New York. Though they are both involved with other people, they make a pact to reconnect six months later at the top of the Empire State Building—until the hand of fate throws their star-crossed affair tragically off course. Swooning passion and gentle comedy coexist in perfect harmony in the exquisitely tender Love Affair (nominated for six Oscars), a story so timeless that it has been remade by multiple filmmakers over the years—including McCarey himself, who updated it as the no less beloved An Affair to Remember.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1939
  • 88 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #1114

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration by The Museum of Modern Art and Lobster Films, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme about the movie’s complicated production history
  • New interview with Serge Bromberg, founder of Lobster Films, about the restoration
  • Two radio adaptations, featuring actors Irene Dunne, William Powell, and Charles Boyer
  • Two short films by Leo McCarey starring silent comedian Charley Chase: Looking for Sally (1925) and Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Megan McGurk

    New cover by Raphael Geroni

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration by The Museum of Modern Art and Lobster Films, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with film critic Farran Smith Nehme about the movie’s complicated production history
  • New interview with Serge Bromberg, founder of Lobster Films, about the restoration
  • Two radio adaptations, featuring actors Irene Dunne, William Powell, and Charles Boyer
  • Two short films by Leo McCarey starring silent comedian Charley Chase: Looking for Sally (1925) and Mighty Like a Moose (1926)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by author Megan McGurk

    New cover by Raphael Geroni
Love Affair
Cast
Irene Dunne
Terry McKay
Charles Boyer
Michel Marnay
Maria Ouspenskaya
Michel’s grandmother
Lee Bowman
Kenneth Bradley
Astrid Allwyn
Lois Clarke
Maurice Moscovich
Maurice Cobert
Credits
Director
Leo McCarey
Screenplay by
Delmer Daves
Donald Ogden Stewart
Story by
Mildred Cram
Leo McCarey
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté
Musical score by
Roy Webb
“Wishing (Will Make It So)” by
Buddy G. De Sylva
“Sing My Heart” by
Harold Arlen
Ted Koehler
Gowns by
Howard Greer
Edward Stevenson

Current

Love Affair: The Nearest Thing to Heaven
Love Affair: The Nearest Thing to Heaven

Playful irreverence gives way to tragedy and transcendence in Leo McCarey’s 1939 masterwork, one of the defining romances of the Hollywood studio era.

By Megan McGurk