How many movies have Diane Lane and Richard Gere made together?
Throughout her career the lovely Diane Lane has starred opposite some of Hollywood's most recognizable faces from Laurence Olivier through to the likes of John Cusack, Donald Sutherland, Bill Paxton and Dermot Mulroney. But the one actor she has starred most often with is Richard Gere who have made 3 movies together, the first was "The Cotton Club" back in 1984, then came "Unfaithful" in 2002 and finally an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel - "Nights in Rodanthe" in 2008.
The Cotton Club (1984)
Cornet player Dixie Dwyer (Richard Gere) finds himself working for a group of mobsters who run one of the hottest clubs in Harlem, "The Cotton Club" where everyone goes. Whilst working for gangland mobster Dutch Schultz Dixie finds himself falling for his boss's regular squeeze Vera Cicero (Diane Lane).
Technically "The Cotton Club" should be a great movie, Mario Puzo helped in writing the story, Francis Ford Coppola directed it and the list of star names which appear is dazzling including Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Gregory Hines, Nicolas Cage and Fred Gwynne. But whilst it sounds like "the Cotton Club" should be a great movie it ended up rather messy as it went through various rewrites which eventually resulted in a movie with too many characters, too many subplots and none of the coherently mixing together.
"The Cotton Club" actually starts quite nicely, stylishly as it recreates a bygone era and introduces us to Dixie Dwyer, Dutch Schultz and Vera Cicero. It has a nice rhythm and energy to it which grabs your attention but then ruins it because then it jumps to another set of characters and the story takes on a different pace. This jumping between characters and stories basically continues throughout the movie and although they all interweave thanks to the Harlem nightclub it makes it confusing and messy.
It also becomes messy through not entirely sure whether it wants to be a musical or not as whilst there are some great musical moments, there are not enough to make it play like a musical and some of them jar with the storyline as much as the constant chopping and changing between characters.
The good thing is that both Diane Lane and Richard Gere put in solid and enjoyable performances especially Gere who looks so at home as a 1920s musician and the chemistry between them is perfect.
Connie Summer (Diane Lane) is a happy housewife, her husband Edward (Richard Gere) runs a successful business and they live in a perfect house with their son Charlie. That is until on a trip into the city she bumps into charismatic book buyer Paul and it doesn't take long for this sexy French man too charm her into his bed. But the passionate affair which they embark on becomes an obsession for Connie with disastrous consequences.
It has to be said out of the three Diane Lane and Richard Gere movies "Unfaithful" is probably the most popular which may have something to do with some incredibly steamy sexy scenes. But whilst "Unfaithful" is an erotic thriller which delivers on the eroticism it unfortunately struggles when it comes to be thrilling, or at least once you get past the various sex scenes and the second part of the movie takes over which struggles to deliver the tension and atmosphere you expect from a thriller.
"Unfaithful" starts quite brilliantly as it sets up the seemingly perfect life of Connie Summer's and her loving husband. And as such when she embarks on having an affair it's quite surprising. Now whilst there is nudity and sex scenes, many of which are spectacularly steamy it has to be said that they never feel like soft porn. They artistically shot, almost romantic in styling yet has a raw, brutal passion about them which make these sex scene mesmerising.
But then as already mentioned once "Unfaithful" gets past the set up of Connie and Paul embarking on a steam passionate affair and moves to the second part of the movie where Edward becomes suspicious it almost loses momentum and struggles to deliver the right tension. None of which is helped by the fact that Richard Gere as Edward is almost a bit part and as such is quite 2 dimensional. Thankfully Diane Lane's performance as Connie is spectacular, showing the awakening of a woman brought to life by her steamy love life.
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Struggling with an argumentative teenager and an estranged husband who wants to be part of her life again, Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) heads to the North Carolinian town of Rodanthe to look after her friend's holiday inn. Hoping that the peace and quiet will help her sort her feelings out she strikes up a friendship with Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) who is the only guest at the inn and who is also there to try to sort out issues in his life. As a storm closes in Adrienne and Paul find themselves becoming close a relationship which will change their lives forever.
So many critics didn't like "Nights in Rodanthe" saying that it was too manufactured and a poor adaptation of a Nicolas Sparks novel, but I absolutely love it. I love the fact that for 90% of the movie it gently builds up this relationship between Adrienne and Paul almost ignoring everything else such as sub plots. I love the impressive locations and the styling and I love the way that just when you think you know what is happening it throws a huge emotional twist at you which can leave you reeling. And if you've seen any other of the movies adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel such as "Message in a Bottle", "A Walk to Remember" and of course "The Notebook" you know that things are never as simple as they seem.
But what I like the most is that there is such a relaxed nature between the characters of Adrienne and Paul which I put down to Diane Lane and Richard Gere being so comfortable working together. You warm to each of them and there relationship, happy that each has found something special when life is going exactly to plan. And that is the things about "Nights in Rodanthe" it's a movie for romantics, those who can ignore any weaknesses in the narrative or the solidity of characters and just get won over by the relationship and stunning locations.
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