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Our Love collection highlights the range of cinematic romance from sweeping love affairs to quirky rom-coms and tales of obsessive desire.

This subscription sub-section offers a collection of classic love stories, including two of the highest placed love stories from the Sight and Sound Top 100 Greatest Films list.

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A Farewell to Arms
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A Farewell to Arms

Romance193289 minsDirector: Frank Borzage

Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper stars in Frank Borzage's Oscar-winning adaptation of the tragic Great War romance.

The Housemaid
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The Housemaid

Thriller2010107 minsDirector: Im Sang-soo

An enigmatic housemaid and her wealthy, totalitarian employer begin an affair that will have disastrous consequences for them both.

Betty Blue
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Betty Blue

Drama1986185 minsDirector: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

The Touch
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The Touch

Drama1971115 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Elliott Gould joins Ingmar Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow in this neglected classic from the great director, about infidelity and a toxic love triangle.

Love and Death on Long Island
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Love and Death on Long Island

Comedy199689 minsDirector: Richard Kwietniowski

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietniowski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.

Two Women
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Two Women

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Vera Glagoleva

Beautifully shot and featuring Ralph Fiennes performing in Russian, this handsomely mounted period drama depicts romantic intrigue on a 19th century country estate.

Amour Fou
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Amour Fou

Period drama201492 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.

Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle

Film noir196090 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

L'Amore
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L'Amore

Drama194880 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini’s controversial two-part anthology film showcasing the manifold talents of his then-wife Anna Magnani.

All in Good Time
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All in Good Time

Comedy201194 minsDirector: Nigel Cole

A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom's parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.

Brick Lane
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Brick Lane

Drama200797 minsDirector: Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.

In the City of Sylvia
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In the City of Sylvia

Drama200785 minsDirector: José Luis Guerín

An unnamed man travels back to Strasbourg with aspirations to track down a girl he asked for directions six years earlier.

La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête

Fantasy194695 minsDirector: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Burning an Illusion
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Burning an Illusion

Legal and Courtroom drama1981101 minsDirector: Menelik Shabazz

Menelik Shabazz’s pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher’s London.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
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The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

Drama1972124 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder's visual and verbal extravaganza about a successful but lonely fashion designer who falls in love with a beautiful younger woman.

Full Moon in Paris
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Full Moon in Paris

Drama1984102 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

The fourth film of Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series is a cool, ironic yet compassionate cautionary tale of need, greed, deceit and self-delusion.

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
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My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Romance1987104 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's story of a woman's guilt-ridden relationship with her friend's lover is the concluding part to his six-film Comedies and Proverbs series.

A Good Marriage
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A Good Marriage

Comedy1981100 minsDirector: Eric Rohmer

Eric Rohmer's pleasingly precise portrait of obstinately perverse longing, with Béatrice Romand as the student determined to marry a uninterested lawyer.

Circumstance
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Circumstance

Drama2011106 minsDirector: Maryam Keshavarz

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Flames of Passion
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Flames of Passion

198917 minsDirector: Richard Kwietniowski

An ingenious gay homage to Brief Encounter.

Dark Horse
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Dark Horse

Drama201186 minsDirector: Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz directs Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber in this delightfully dark satire as romance blooms between a toy collector and a depressed woman.

Brief Encounter
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Brief Encounter

Romance194586 minsDirector: David Lean

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

Duffer
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Duffer

Drama197175 mins

A bizarre study of obsession focusing on a teenage boy who is torn between the charms of a fleshly female prostitute and the sadism of an older man.

Madame de...
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Madame de...

Drama1953100 minsDirector: Max Ophuls

Max Ophuls' intricately constructed and elegantly designed drama is a searing study of fateful passion wound up in deceits, deals and desires.

Fear Eats the Soul
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Fear Eats the Soul

Melodrama197493 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder’s international breakthrough, this unconventional love story combines lucid social analysis with devastating emotional power.

Of Good Report
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Of Good Report

Drama2013110 minsDirector: Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka

Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.

The Passionate Friends
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The Passionate Friends

Romance194991 minsDirector: David Lean

David Lean’s other, lesser known film about a love triangle spent too long in Brief Encounter’s shadow, but is now regarded as a fine, gripping drama.

Mademoiselle Chambon
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Mademoiselle Chambon

Drama2009100 minsDirector: Stéphane Brizé

When a happily married man decides to volunteer at his son’s school, he begins to form a romantic bond with a teacher in this intimate French drama.

Quest for Love
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Quest for Love

Romance197187 minsDirector: Ralph Thomas

This British sci-fi comedy, adapted from a John Wyndham story, follows a man’s search to find the ideal woman whom he briefly meets in a parallel universe.

Partie de campagne
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Partie de campagne

Period drama193639 minsDirector: Jean Renoir

On a country picnic, a young girl leaves her family for a while and succumbs to an all-too-brief romance in Jean Renoir's sensuous tribute to the countryside.

Journey to Italy
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Journey to Italy

Drama195486 minsDirector: Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

Rosebud
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Rosebud

Drama199114 minsDirector: Cheryl Farthing

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

The Red Shoes
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The Red Shoes

Drama1948135 minsDirector: Michael Powell

Moira Shearer’s ballerina is torn between love and her career in Powell and Pressburger’s hugely influential melodrama.

That Hamilton Woman
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That Hamilton Woman

Biopic1941120 minsDirector: Alexander Korda

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier bring Hollywood glitz to the love affair between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton in the midst of political turmoil.

Shiraz: A Romance of India
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Shiraz: A Romance of India

Historical drama1928106 minsSilentDirector: Franz Osten

This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.

Underground
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Underground

Romance192893 minsSilentDirector: Anthony Asquith

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

Uncle Silas
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Uncle Silas

Drama194798 minsDirector: Charles Frank

Gothic chiller based on the novel by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Jean Simmons stars as an heiress pursued by her unbalanced uncle and his perverted son.

A Syrian Love Story
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A Syrian Love Story

Documentary201576 minsDirector: Sean McAllister

The inspiring journey towards freedom of Raghda and Amer, a couple brought together by the turmoil of the Syrian Civil War.

Dellamorte Dellamore
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Dellamorte Dellamore

Horror1993103 minsDirector: Michele Soavi

Michele Soavi’s compelling concoction of anarchic Evil Dead-style horror-comedy, tragic romance and gore.

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