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Rebecca / Daphne du Maurier.

[Longhorn Review] Rebecca / Daphne du Maurier.

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: romantic, staff pick — Posted on February 10, 2012, 3:39 pm

By: Daphne du Maurier

“Last Night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” So begins du Maurier’s 1938 romantic novel, Rebecca. The line also begins the Alfred Hitchcock film version, which was named Best Picture for 1940. This work is usually described as Gothic fiction, but as really good Gothic fiction. Critics credit du Maurier’s storytelling skills. Romantics-at-heart should expect to find a good read (or a film of note) in the surprising adventures of the second Mrs. de Winter.

Reviewer: Larayne Dallas

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Brokeback Mountain [videorecording] / Focus Features and River Road Entertainment ; directed by Ang Lee ; screenplay by Larry McMurtry

[Longhorn Review] Brokeback Mountain [videorecording] / Focus Features and River Road Entertainment ; directed by Ang Lee ; screenplay by Larry McMurtry

Material Type: All, Movies — Tags: romantic, staff pick, valentine's day recommendation — Posted on February 10, 2012, 3:42 pm

By: Ang Lee

This masterful adaptation by Ang Lee of the Annie Proulx short story is a landmark in the cinematic depiction of love between men. Two impoverished ranch hands in 1963 Wyoming meet while sharing work and initiate an intimate relationship that informs the rest of their lives. An unlikely love transcends the circumstances of a repressive, homophobic society, even as the characters' lives are ruined by the societal hatred surrounding them. A beautiful, unforgettable cinematic achievement.

Reviewer: Barry Moore

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I'm your man [sound recording] Leonard Cohen.

[Longhorn Review] I'm your man [sound recording] Leonard Cohen.

Material Type: All, Music — Tags: romantic, staff pick, valentine's day recommendation — Posted on February 10, 2012, 3:43 pm

By: Leonard Cohen

I think the most seductive--mood creating songs for anytime but Valentine’s Day specifically are without a doubt Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" from the album of the same title followed by his "Dance Me to the End of Love," found on Various Positions.

Reviewer: Susan Ardis

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