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Romantic Comedies Are Not Dead: A Richard Curtis Retrospective (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 28, 2013 at 2:04PM

Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of "About Time," the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here is a video "retrospective" of his work.
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"Love Actually"
"Love Actually"

Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of "About Time," the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here's a video retrospective of the screenwriter's work. Many fans of Curtis adore his cheerful, bittersweet romantic comedies as well such goofy British sitcoms as "Mr. Bean" and "Blackadder." 

This retrospective focuses on Curtis's romantic comedies and reads like a montage, though it has mashed up various worlds from Curtis's films including Christmas perennial "Love Actually," starring Curtis alter ego Hugh Grant, who also carries "Notting Hill" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." The video brims with longing glances, slapstick mishaps in the rain, romantic twirling, and final kisses. 

The montage also incorporates scenes from the upcoming "About Time," starring Bill Nighy, rising redhead Domhnall Gleeson, and Rachel McAdams--consummate casting for a Curtis film. In the movie, Tim (Gleeson), discovers from his father (Nighy) that the men in their family can time-travel, but only to change incidents in their own life. After meeting the lovely Mary (McAdams), Tim(e) decides to focus his amazing powers on wooing her, "Groundhog Day"-style. Peruse this little retrospective for clips and watch the trailer below.  

As certain romantic-comedy diehards say, it's almost "Love Actually" season. In the meantime, "About Time" opens in theaters on November 1, 2013. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.