The Notebook/Peter's Friends/Much Ado About Nothing

06/10/2008
  |  Buy to Own: 06/10/2008
  |  328 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
The Notebook/Peter's Friends/Much Ado About Nothing Film Poster

Synopsis

Collection of three film dramas. 'The Notebook' (2004) is set in a small coastal town in the American South - partly in the 1940s, and partly in the present day. In the present day scenes, an elderly man (James Garner) reads from a faded notebook to an old woman (Gena Rowlands) whom he regularly visits at her nursing home. As he reads, a passionate love story unfolds about a young couple - Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton (played in flashback scenes by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) - whose fledgling love affair was abruptly ended by circumstances and the sudden outbreak of World War II. But although fate drives the young couple apart, they continue to be haunted by memories of their affair, and when Noah returns from the war seven years later, he realises that he cannot forget the promises they made to one other - despite the fact that Allie is engaged to be married to another man. In 'Peter's Friends' (1992), Stephen Fry plays Peter, the owner of a stately home, who gathers together his friends from University on New Year's Eve. It has been ten years since they all gathered together for the last performance of their musical comedy review, and things and people have changed. Their differences begin to affect the celebrations. Finally, 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1993) is a star-studded rendition of the classic Shakespeare romantic comedy which sees two princes, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) and Benedict (Kenneth Branagh), battling to win the hearts of those they love. The object of Benedict's desire, Beatrice (Emma Thompson), acts as his sharp tongued sparring partner, while Claudio's path to true love is obstructed by the evil meddling of the embittered Don Juan (Keanu Reeves).