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Four Weddings and a Funeral

 

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Released in 1994, and nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay Oscars, Mike Newell's endearing film Four Weddings and a Funeral is a wonderful romantic comedy. British funnyman Hugh Grant plays the commitment-phobic bachelor Charles who is sure he'll never fall in love, but suddenly finds himself captivated by the demure Carrie, played by Andi MacDowell.

Although only one scene contains poetry, the recitation of "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden is one of the film's most memorable moments. A moving elegy to a dead lover, the poem begins "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone" and can be found in Auden's Collected Poems. Numerous moviegoers who had never read Auden's work before were inspired to seek out his writings after seeing Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Directed by Mike Newell (1994). Rated R.


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