Happy Valentine’s Day. Our Love is Here to Stay by Dewey Edward Chester. In a romantic moment they move together, elegantly, in a blue hazy mist…
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY.
When they dance along the river in the hush of a Paris night, unrepressed magic evolves, and romance blossoms.
A white-skirted Lise and Jerry walk and talk together, in a slightly embarrassed conversation:
“What about you?” he asks her.
“I’d rather listen,” she responds.
“You’re going to have to get over that.”
“With a binding like you’ve got, people want to read the book.”
“What does that mean?”
“It means you’re a very pretty girl?”
In a romantic moment they move together, elegantly, in a blue hazy mist. She’s tentative at first and must be persuaded to dance with Jerry; then they share love openly.
Tenderly and lyrically, they express repressed romantic emotions through ballet choreography. They circle each other in a crescendo of movement and Gershwin love songs, which lead to a swirling climax.
The loving couple strolls into a smoky mist, hand-in-hand.
But complications are present when love buds: Lise is engaged to another man she does not love:
“Oh, Jerry,” she says sadly—-“It’s dreadful not having your arms around me.”
Jerry responds: “You’ll always remain in my heart, Lisa.”
“Not always,” she warns, “Paris has ways of making people forget.”
“Paris?” Jerry questions in detail: “Not this city. It’s too real and beautiful. It never lets you forget anything. It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way.
“I came to Paris to paint, because Utrillo did, and Lautrec did, and Rouault did. “I loved what they created; but it means nothing, without you. Paris? The more beautiful it is, the more it will hurt me, without you.”
Suddenly, Jerry’s real world changes into an elaborate imaginative dream-ballet, where he pursues his French dream-girl through artistic street scenes, painted in the styles of Monet, Renoir, Utrillo, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Duffy, and Toulorise-Lautrec.
In perfect fantasy, iconic paintings of Paris come to life: choreographic styles range from modern dance and tap dance, to jazz, classical, and ballet.
Dazzling colors, rich backgrounds, camera movements, lightings, costumes, decoration, sets, long takes, and special effects, provide an overwhelming surreal impression of lost love.
Yet, there must be reconciliation: Jerry looks down a street and sees Lisa, released from her betrothal to marry the other man.
She returns to Jerry, running up a long flight of stairs into his arms.
“It’s very clear
Our love is here to stay;
Not for a year
But ever and a day…..
The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know…
May just be passing fancies,
And in time may go…
But, oh my dear,
Our love is here to stay.
Going a long, long way…
In time the Rockies may crumble,
Gibraltar may tumble,
There’re only made of clay,
But, our love is here to stay.”
(lyrics and music by Ira and George Gershwin, 1922).
Happy Valentine’s Day, Yareah Magazine.