History Film / LoveStory

29th Nov '16 7:25:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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->''"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles. And me."''

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->''"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles.Music/TheBeatles. And me."''
12th Oct '16 5:35:00 PM DrOO7
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** Early in the film, Oliver hears Jenny on the phone telling someone, "I love you, Phil". He bristles, but Jenny tells him she was talking to her father.


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* StepfordSmiler: Oliver is implied to be this at the end of the sequel, as even as he describes his ostensibly happy life--thriving career, improved relationship with his father, possible new relationship--he admits that he's dead inside without Jenny.
18th Aug '16 1:32:59 PM LadyNorbert
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Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) is a Harvard pre-law student and varsity hockey player from an old money WASP family. When he needs to borrow a law book from the Radcliffe College library, he meets Radcliffe music major Jenny Cavalleri (Ali [=MacGraw=]), who is from a working-class Italian Catholic background and is employed by the library in a work study capacity. She initially needles Oliver for being a child of privilege and refuses to let him have the book unless he takes her out for coffee. The ice between them thaws very quickly, and they begin a romantic relationship with each other. However, their InterClassRomance does not sit well with Oliver's father, who cuts off his financial support when Oliver and Jenny announce their plans to marry after graduation. They go ahead with the wedding, after which Jenny has to take a job as a private school teacher to pay Oliver's tuition to Harvard Law School. He graduates third in his class and gets a job at a prestigious New York law firm; she resists his suggestion that she audition for the Juilliard School in favour of trying to have a child. But when they struggle to conceive and seek medical advice, they receive a devastating diagnosis: Jenny is terminally ill.

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Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) is a Harvard pre-law student and varsity hockey player from an old money WASP family. When he needs to borrow a law book from the Radcliffe College library, he meets Radcliffe music major Jenny Cavalleri (Ali [=MacGraw=]), who is from a working-class Italian Catholic background and is employed by the library in a work study capacity. She initially needles Oliver for being a child of privilege and refuses to let him have the book unless he takes her out for coffee. The ice between them thaws very quickly, and they begin a romantic relationship with each other.relationship. However, their InterClassRomance does not sit well with Oliver's father, who cuts off his financial support when Oliver and Jenny announce their plans to marry after graduation. They go ahead with the wedding, after which Jenny has to take a job as a private school teacher to pay Oliver's tuition to Harvard Law School. He graduates third in his class and gets a job at a prestigious New York law firm; she resists his suggestion that she audition for the Juilliard School in favour of trying to have a child. But when they struggle to conceive and seek medical advice, they receive a devastating diagnosis: Jenny is terminally ill.



* AwardBaitSong: "Love Story", especially the Andy Williams version.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Taken to such an extreme level during Jenny's terminal illness that it made Creator/RogerEbert coin the term "Ali [=MacGraw=] Disease": a "movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches." {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody "Lover's Story", in which the doctor describes this to Oliver as an actual symptom of her illness. By the time she's lying on her deathbed, smiling radiantly, she's too beautiful to look directly at.
* BookEnds: The movie starts and ends with the male protagonist at Central Park during winter.

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* AwardBaitSong: "Love Story", Story," especially the Andy Williams version.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Taken to such an extreme level during Jenny's terminal illness that it made Creator/RogerEbert coin the term "Ali [=MacGraw=] Disease": a "movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches." {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody "Lover's Story", Story," in which the doctor describes this to Oliver as an actual symptom of her illness. By the time she's lying on her deathbed, smiling radiantly, she's too beautiful for anyone to look directly at.
at her.
* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: The movie starts and ends with the male protagonist at Central Park during winter.



* BridalCarry: Oliver to Jenny, both as they move into their first house, then as they move into the much nicer place they get after he starts work as a lawyer.

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* BridalCarry: Oliver to Jenny, both as Jenny when they move into their first house, then as again when they move into the much nicer place they get after he starts work as a lawyer.



* InterClassRomance: Wealthy, WASP Oliver and working-class, Catholic Jenny.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In ''Oliver's Story'', when Oliver's new girlfriend Marcy accuses him of secretly wanting her to be an awful person so that he wouldn't have to let go of Jenny, he promptly proves her point by blasting her for bringing up. And the final line of the book indicates that he'll never be truly happy without her, strongly implying that Marcy was right.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The doctor tells Oliver how sick Jenny is, but not ''her''. Oliver decides to keep it from her for quite a while but she eventually finds out. She takes it surprisingly well.
* LovingAShadow: Oliver's new girlfriend accuses him of this in regards to Jenny, suggesting that deep down he probably ''wanted'' her to turn out to be a bad person so that he could dump her and continue to hang on to his memories of Jenny.

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* InterClassRomance: Wealthy, Wealthy WASP Oliver and working-class, working class Catholic Jenny.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In ''Oliver's Story'', when Oliver's new girlfriend Marcy accuses him of secretly wanting her to be an awful person so that he wouldn't won't have to let go of Jenny, he promptly proves her point by blasting her for bringing up.up his wife. And the final line of the book indicates that he'll never be truly happy without her, strongly implying that Marcy was right.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The doctor tells Oliver how sick Jenny is, but not ''her''. Oliver decides to keep it from her for quite a while while, but she eventually finds out. She takes it surprisingly well.
* LovingAShadow: Oliver's new girlfriend in the sequel accuses him of this in regards to Jenny, suggesting that deep down he probably ''wanted'' ''wants'' her to turn out to be a bad person so that he could can dump her and continue to hang on to his memories of Jenny.



* SlapSlapKiss: How Jenny and Oliver start out

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* SlapSlapKiss: How Jenny and Oliver start outOliver's first interaction.
7th Feb '16 8:44:40 PM mlsmithca
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The book and film were followed by a sequel, ''Oliver's Story'', in 1977 (book) and 1978 (film), in which Oliver tries to lose himself in his work to get over Jenny's death. However, his political views are at odds with those of his senior partners, while a promising relationship with heiress Marcie Bonwit founders as he struggles to move past his memories of his life with Jenny.
7th Feb '16 8:39:25 PM mlsmithca
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A 1970 feature film about a rich college student named Oliver who falls in love with a working-class student named Jenny. Considered a classic romance film, as well as the mother of all [[TearJerker Tear Jerkers]]. Based on the novel of the same name by Erich Segal.

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A ''Love Story'' is a 1970 feature film about a rich college student named Oliver who falls in love with a working-class student named Jenny. Considered based on the novel of the same name by Erich Segal. It is considered a classic romance film, as well as the mother of all [[TearJerker Tear Jerkers]]. Based on {{Tear Jerker}}s.

Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) is a Harvard pre-law student and varsity hockey player from an old money WASP family. When he needs to borrow a law book from
the novel of Radcliffe College library, he meets Radcliffe music major Jenny Cavalleri (Ali [=MacGraw=]), who is from a working-class Italian Catholic background and is employed by the same name by Erich Segal.

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library in a work study capacity. She initially needles Oliver for being a child of privilege and refuses to let him have the book unless he takes her out for coffee. The ice between them thaws very quickly, and they begin a romantic relationship with each other. However, their InterClassRomance does not sit well with Oliver's father, who cuts off his financial support when Oliver and Jenny announce their plans to marry after graduation. They go ahead with the wedding, after which Jenny has to take a job as a private school teacher to pay Oliver's tuition to Harvard Law School. He graduates third in his class and gets a job at a prestigious New York law firm; she resists his suggestion that she audition for the Juilliard School in favour of trying to have a child. But when they struggle to conceive and seek medical advice, they receive a devastating diagnosis: Jenny is terminally ill.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished[=/=]VictorianNovelDisease: Taken to such an extreme level it made Creator/RogerEbert coin the term "Ali [=MacGraw=] Disease": a "movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches."
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody, in which the doctor describes this to Oliver as an actual symptom of her illness. By the time she's lying on her deathbed, smiling radiantly, she's too beautiful to look directly at.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished[=/=]VictorianNovelDisease: BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Taken to such an extreme level during Jenny's terminal illness that it made Creator/RogerEbert coin the term "Ali [=MacGraw=] Disease": a "movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches."
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" {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Magazine/{{MAD}} parody, parody "Lover's Story", in which the doctor describes this to Oliver as an actual symptom of her illness. By the time she's lying on her deathbed, smiling radiantly, she's too beautiful to look directly at.



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* HowWeGotHereHowWeGotHere: The film opens with Oliver sitting in Central Park after Jenny has already died. The rest of the film is an extended flashback to their relationship and marriage.
19th Jan '16 3:54:28 PM mephistos
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13th Jan '16 3:15:17 PM DrOO7
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Oliver carries Jenny into their new apartment building, the doorman asks if she's okay. They laugh it off, but it's soon after that they learn she's ill.


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* UnexpectedPositive: Stymied by their failure to conceive, Jenny and Oliver visit a doctor who recommends complete physicals. This how her cancer is discovered.
13th Jan '16 3:07:00 PM DrOO7
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* BridalCarry: Oliver to Jenny, both as they move into their first house, then as they move into the much nicer place they get after he starts work as a lawyer.



* JerkassHasAPoint: In ''Oliver's Story'', when Oliver's new girlfriend Marcy accuses him of secretly wanting her to be an awful person so that he wouldn't have to let go of Jenny, he promptly proves her point by blasting her for bringing up. But the final line of the book indicates that he'll never be truly happy without her, strongly implying that Marcy was right.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: In ''Oliver's Story'', when Oliver's new girlfriend Marcy accuses him of secretly wanting her to be an awful person so that he wouldn't have to let go of Jenny, he promptly proves her point by blasting her for bringing up. But And the final line of the book indicates that he'll never be truly happy without her, strongly implying that Marcy was right.
29th Nov '15 1:14:53 AM Mdumas43073
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->''What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles. And me.''

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15th Sep '15 3:21:26 PM DrOO7
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* JerkassHasAPoint: In ''Oliver's Story'', when Oliver's new girlfriend Marcy accuses him of secretly wanting her to be an awful person so that he wouldn't have to let go of Jenny, he promptly proves her point by blasting her for bringing up. But the final line of the book indicates that he'll never be truly happy without her, strongly implying that Marcy was right.
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