Cohen Media Group: Love Stories Bundle [5 Discs] [DVD]

Seven romances in one DVD collection prove that passion blooms in any time or place. In Delicacy, a young widow (Audrey Tautou) is pulled out of her workaholic grief via an unlikely attraction to an oafish yet sincere office mate (Francois Damiens). In Chinese Puzzle, a Parisian father (Romain Duris) is blindsided by his wife's desertion and relocates to her new home in New York to be close to their children, only to have his romantic life become even more complicated. In Perfect Understanding, newlyweds Judy Rogers (Gloria Swanson) and Nick Randall (Laurence Olivier) sign a novel marriage contract stating they'll never be jealous of each others' affairs, with tumultuous results. In Dark Journey, a French double agent (Vivien Leigh) and a German spy (Conrad Veidt) share a forbidden romance. In Fire over England, romances in the court of Queen Elizabeth I (Vivien Leigh) boil over during the tensest days of the Anglo-Spanish War. In St. Martin's Lane, a comely pickpocket (Vivien Leigh) catches the eye of a street performer who launches her acting career. And in Storm in a Tea Cup, a Scottish provost (Cecil Parker) interferes with the budding romance between an investigative reporter (Rex Harrison) and his daughter (Vivien Leigh).
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Dark Journey
The unorthodox teaming of Vivien Leigh and Conrad Veidt is but one of the many pleasures of the 1937 spy yarn Dark Journey. Leigh plays a Stockholm dress-shop owner during World War I, who, being a neutral, is permitted to travel unmolested to and from France. Veidt plays a supposedly disgraced German officer who is actually head of his country's secret service. The two fall in love, despite the fact that Leigh has a secret as well: she is a double agent, sympathetic towards the Allied cause. During one of Leigh's voyages to France, her ship is captured by a German U-boat. Veidt swaggers on board, threatening to sink the ship if Leigh is not turned over to him. But the circumstances reverse themselves, and Veidt finds himself Leigh's prisoner--a circumstance that is not altogether unpleasant for him. When originally released in England, Dark Journey bore the title The Anxious Years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Fire Over England
The war between England and Spain in the late 16th century serves as backdrop for the fictional machinations of Fire Over England. Laurence Olivier plays a British naval officer who offers his services to Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson) after his father is executed by the Spaniards. The queen dispatches Olivier to the court of Spain, there to determine which of her courtiers are actually spies for King Philip (Raymond Massey). Working under cover, Olivier learns that the Spaniards intend to send an armada to decimate the British navy. Barely escaping with his life, Olivier relays this information to his queen and also dispatches the traitors in her midst. Cast as one of Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting, Vivien Leigh appears in the role that brought her to the attention of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick. Directed by Hollywood's William K. Howard, Fire Over England was based on a novel by A.E.W. Mason of Four Feathers fame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Perfect Understanding
Star Gloria Swanson also co-produced this British film, a romantic comedy/drama that teamed her with a young Laurence Olivier. Judy Rogers (Swanson), an American vacationing in England, meets aristocrat Nicholas Randall (Olivier) and the two fall in love. They agree to marry but insist they'll never have any disagreements -- while both intending to maintain their independence. After an idyllic honeymoon, they are separated briefly and Nicholas strays with Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice (Nora Swinburne). After he confesses to Judy, she decides to date the eligible Ivan Ronnson (John Halliday), but keeps the encounter a flirtation only. Their marriage becomes shaky, but Judy and Nicholas weather their doubts and come to love each other all the more. Note the film's co-writer: Michael Powell, who would later direct, write, and produce Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes (in collaboration with Emeric Pressburger). ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi

Delicacy
The beautiful Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) throws herself into her work after her husband of just three years unexpectedly passes away. One day, she fixates on Markus (Francois Damiens), an unremarkable underling of hers at the office. The two begin a relationship that everyone who knows Nathalie firmly believes will not last, but it's not other people's perceptions as much as their own self-doubt that threatens to split apart this seemingly odd pairing. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Sidewalks of London
After befriending talented dancer and pickpocket Libby (Vivien Leigh), street performer Charles (Charles Saggers) strikes up a partnership with the gifted young performer and invites Libby to join his act. With Libby's graceful moves steadily drawing an audience to Charles' dramatic act, the performers soon catch the eye of theater magnate Harley (Rex Harrison), who is so mesmerized by the performance that he invites Libby and her fellow performers to a post-play party. When Libby arrives at the party alone, her career rapidly ascends, as Charles and the rest of the performers remain behind to toil amongst the famished masses. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Chinese Puzzle
Director Cédric Klapisch's long-running trilogy draws to a close in this drama that finds Parisian novelist and 40-year-old father of two Xavier (Romain Duris) moving to New York City in order to be closer to his two beloved children. Xavier is in the midst of finishing his new novel centering on the struggles of immigration when his wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) announces that she is taking their children to live in Manhattan. His sense of adventure still well intact, Xavier decides to follow suit. Meanwhile, as Xavier adjusts to live in the bustling new metropolis, his dear friends Isabelle (Cécile de France) and Martine (Audrey Tautou) are never far away. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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