Also, it contains one of the great archetypes of romantic films: the brooding, foul tempered, romantic hero. A sort of Byronic character that is somehow so appealing to all women. I had a whole list of examples yesterday, now I can only come up with three:
- Darcy - The king of the brooders and so well portrayed by Colin Firth. Absolutely disagreeable until the moment of love's confession.
- Count Laszlo de Almásy - Moody gentleman explorer of the desert. Knows only two emotions: resentment and undying love.
- George Emerson - Awkwardly lacking in social graces or good humor. Excels in catching fainting women and romantic meadow scenes.