"I dream't I dwelt in marble halls"
Devoted to the histories and current state of the great mansions of America's Gilded Age.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"Somewhere in Time"

Somewhere in Time 

"Somewhere in Time", for those that ponder the idea of traveling to the past, you will love this movie. This 1980 movie based upon the book, Bid Time Return written by Richard Matheson stars Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The other star of the film is also one of America's greatest remaining Gilded Age hotels, The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The story is about a young playwright named Richard Collier who is suffering from writers block. He leaves his apartment in Chicago and takes his car on a drive, eventually discovering the Grand Hotel. He checks in an begins to wander around. One of the rooms off the main lobby is a room devoted to the history of the hotel. Looking over the glass cases with old menus, guest registers and photographs, his attention is then drawn to a portrait of a beautiful woman. Approaching it he see that it was a painting of a famous actress named Elise McKenna who performed at the hotel in 1912. Mesmerized by the image he goes to the front desk to ask more, then off to the local library. The actress he finds out is now dead, but he can't seem to let go of her. His obsession leads him to visit a local college and question a professor who studied time travel. Richard immerses himself in trying to travel back in time so he can meet Elise McKenna. He eventually is successful and he does meet her. I won't give the rest of the story away, but this is another one of my favorite movies that I think all will enjoy. For those who are overly sentimental or romantic a box of tissues is also recommend to have while viewing! The soundtrack composed by John Barry is also haunting and the main theme, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini will play in your head long after the film ends. Click HERE for the film trailer and HERE, HERE for music clips.

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