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Amazon series "Modern Love": Kniefall the beauty of New York


The series "Modern Love" portrays relationship dramas as real life. No wonder: the star-studded glamor product from Amazon is based on a popular newspaper column.

The most passionate expression of love, of which the series "Modern Love" is about, surprisingly does not take place between two people. It is the downfall of the directors of the beauty of New York City. The walkways in Central Park are picturesquely sunlit and unrealistically deserted; the staircases in the streets of Brooklyn lead to front doors, behind which the light shines; Life-cycle talks are held on the banks of the East River overlooking the Manhattan skyline. And it seems almost as if as a spectator as often as possible on canvas classics like Leo McCarey's "The great love of my life", Woody Allen's "Manhattan" or Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" remembered.

Obviously "Modern Love" is supposed to show big cinema, even though the series consists of eight self-contained and 35-minute episodes, all about longing, pain and all the emotion. Just before the corporations push Apple and Disney in November with their own offerings on the series market, Amazon presents the love drama as a glamor product, which launches worldwide on Friday.

The Irish director John Carney, made famous by music films like "Once" (2007) and "Can a Song Save Your Life?" (2013), appears as the main director, all sorts of prominent performers are among the stars of the project. Thus, in one of the episodes, the terrific comedy-actress Tina Fey plays a well-to-do affluent citizen who is eternally infatuated by her husband and, thus, teeth-slamming for marriage therapy. And deviled by many moviegoers Dev Patel is in a "Modern Love" episode a shaggy nerd who does not notice loud of app development work and start-up entrepreneurial coolness that he has lost the love of his life.

It's a newspaper journalist who helps Patel's character clarify his or her own life disaster during an interview - and the entire series has been turned into a newspaper column. Under the heading "Modern Love", the "New York Times" has published weekly case studies, self-discovery reports and confessions of love from the real world since 2004. Most journalists of the house write down the texts on the basis of letters or conversations, sometimes they are self-made by a participant love life balance, sometimes Reflections essays. The enthusiasm of the readers for "Modern Love" was enormous from the beginning, and the podcast is a hit as well.

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"Modern Love": American Fortune Cookie Wisdom

The idea of ​​the newspaper people is to go through all varieties of love, whether same-sex or platonic, in puberty or in old age, directed only to their own ego or as a great world embrace. The subject of column work, as the New York Times definition is, is relationships, feelings, betrayals, and revelations, relationships, feelings, betrayals, and revelations.

Of course, the joys and hardships of the love affair that director Carney and his team have selected from the more than 500 "Modern Love" newspaper titles tend to be extraordinary. The starring episode features actress Cristin Milioti in the role of a wealthy young woman who, in the thrilling metropolitan life of New York, is being overtly patronized by the not-young Doorman in her apartment building, which leads to many strange complications.

In the third episode, actress Anne Hathaway has a ravishing Jekyll and Hyde appearance. Fresh in love, the heroine dances in the style of "West Side Story" and "La La Land" with a few dozen women and men across the tarmac of a supermarket car park. But when the first serious rendezvous with her dream man (Gary Carr) is imminent, her jet face suddenly melts into panic, she says off and crawls into bed. Little by little it turns out that the woman played by Hathaway is manic-depressive. In "Modern Love" the horror is always only one step away from the love heaven.

It is a sympathetically affable, carefully diversely occupied, always casually moving through the streets and bars big city community in which the series plays. Perhaps the stories told here go a little too often beyond the glorious American fortune cookie wisdom that self-acceptance is the key to recognition, fun, and a successful life. And yet the charm of "Modern Love" arises precisely from the fact that even the saddest love disasters with willingness to learn, wit and the pleasure of crazy twists are dealt with here.

Amazingly, the series is almost without sex. This is probably because even the newspaper column is designed to tell of the confusion of feelings and impatience of the heart, not cohabitation with the support of Tinder or Parship. The flash of knowledge in "Modern Love" does not strike until the arousal of the body has long since subsided.

"Modern Love" will be available on Amazon Prime from October 18th.

Source: spiegel

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