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Braveheart:
Although one can see a small shot of his army, it is Mel Gibson, in full historical costume and long hair, who is alone on the cover of this film which he also directed. Obviously he would not go into battle without his shirt so he remains fully clothed on the cover. He plays a warrior leader of the Scots in their early history. There is also a love story but no one else’s image or name makes it onto the cover. The film industry became fanatical in recent decades about recreating history accurately. Costumes, makeup and hair are carefully researched and then emulated. This is done so that it is easier for viewers to enter and remain in the fantasy state while seeing the movie. Now when viewers look at a film cover, they should only see the time period which is depicted and not be able to place it by the styles of when it was made unless the film is a contemporary.size=4>

In all three of the above movies, the male used is/was a huge star and box-office draw and no space is wasted promoting anyone but him. The marketing strategy for all three was a big success as these movies did very well at the box office. Of these three, however, it is only the Brando image which remains a huge success on its own.

Conclusion

There are also covers that can be studied of romance films blended with the suspense or mystery genre and then those that are blended with science fiction. We will take a look at these in another column. The romance publishing industry, however, should seriously consider that putting people on its covers is not necessarily a low class thing to do. It can be done with style and panache and create an enduring image that no flower or town-like setting could hope to compete with visually. After all, if the novels are really about emotion, what could be more emotional than people?

— Carol Irvin

with technical assistance from Sandi Morris

LLB: I was amazed to realize I’ve seen most of these movies, and that many of them are among my favorites. If you are looking for a different side of Humphrey Bogart, you might want to rent either the original Sabrina or We’re No Angels, the latter showing his humorous side. The Piano remains a quite controversial film; if you like Holly Hunter, check out Broadcast News. For a film showcasing the talents of Sam Neill, you might look for My Brilliant Career (with Judy Davis, who also shines in George Sand) or Sirens.

While The Age of Innocence is indeed a fine period piece, my favorite Daniel-Day Lewis film is The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which co-stars not only Juliette Binoche (who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in The English Patient), but the luminous Swedish actress Lena Olin.

My favorite “ballroom dancing” movies are the Australian Strictly Ballroom and, yes, I’ll admit I love it, Dirty Dancing.

Finally, the ab-fab Mel Gibson is also quite fab in a movie nobody but I saw, Mrs. Soffel, with Diane Keaton. And for those who love his blue eyes, check out Tequila Sunrise – Kurt Russell is surprisingly effective in this one, and his eyes are amazingly blue.

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