Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron’s legacy

 

“I think all romantic comedy springs from Taming of the Shrew or Pride and Prejudice  - that essentially all romantic comedies can be traced to one or both of those things.  Either it’s about a problem of character that divides two people or it’s a problem of class, until you get to Woody Allen. Woody Allen changes everything because the problem becomes the neurosis of the male character. That is also in When Harry Met Sally.”

 Director and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died aged 71. She directed You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless In Seattle and Julie & Julia amongst others and was Oscar nominated for her screenplays for Seattle, Silkwood and When Harry Met Sally, for which she won the BAFTA.

 Ephron’s films frequently feature on lists of most loved movies, favourite quotes, best scenes, biggest laughs etc. Her legacy will be one of comfort (When Harry Met Sally is widely considered to be a great post-breakup movie), affection, love and laughter, as well as some of the sharpest lines in movies.

It wasn’t one of her biggest hits, but I love the back and forth in this scene from My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Joan Cusack.

 

 

 

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