Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron, RIP

Novelist, screenwriter, and film director Nora Ephron has died of leukemia at 71.  Her politics, and life frankly, were almost stereotypically Hollywood liberal (check out her "list"), but I loved her movies nonetheless. If Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, for example, are on the TV, and they very often are, I'll always freeze the remote at that channel for at least a spell, if not for the entire film.

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies generally, but especially so if the dialogue is witty.  With Ephron it almost invariably was.  What made her films so enjoyable to a conservative like me was that inspite of, or maybe because of her otherwise left-wing pieties, no liberal neurosis or hypocrisy was above ridicule.  In this respect, she was like the old Woody Allen.  Ironically, and perhaps unwittingly, she  ended up affirming the old ways, especially the old ways that once held in relationships between the sexes.

We'll miss her.  RIP.

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