Der Prinz & ich (2004)

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Der Prinz u0026 ich: Directed by Martha Coolidge. With Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, Miranda Richardson. At college Paige meets Eddie, a fellow student from Denmark, whom she first dislikes but later accepts, likes, and loves; he proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen, and he follows her back to school with a plan.

“How many romantic films exist where the principal couple has not experienced their first kiss until one hour into the story? u0026quot;The Prince u0026amp; Meu0026quot; is one rare example of such a film, and I admired the careful development of the main relationship, as performed by the likable Julia Stiles and Luke Mably. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAbove all, I admired the focus on courtship, a concept that is arguably a dying breed in our culture today. In fact, I cannot recall a film where there was so little emphasis on sex and so many carefully developed scenes where we see emotional chemistry building between the main characters, Paige Morgan, a young pre-med student in Wisconsin, and the Danish prince Edward who calls himself Eddie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;The Prince u0026amp; Meu0026quot; brings back the old-style Hollywood romances. In fact, I kept thinking of the wonderful picture u0026quot;The Swanu0026quot; featuring the luminous Grace Kelly, the dour Alec Guinness, and the dashing Louis Jourdan. Although u0026quot;The Prince u0026amp; Meu0026quot; may not merit the status of a classic romance like u0026quot;The Swan,u0026quot; it was nonetheless a breath of film-going fresh air among so many cynical films dealing with contemporary relationships. There was a nice touch with the pacing of the film and the close-ups provided by director Martha Coolidge. The scenes shot in Denmark were splendid and added an aura of magic to the main love relationship.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAccording to her IMDb biography, Julia Stiles has been an English major at Columbia in addition to juggling an impressive acting career. The scenes in u0026quot;The Prince u0026amp; Meu0026quot; set at the University of Wisconsin, Manitowac provided a convincing portrayal of academic life, especially the coaching session in Shakespeare. The realism in the routine activities at college helped to make the story as a whole convincing and evoked the feeling that a relationship like that of Paige and Eddie might really exist.”


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