Yes, it’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and though some may relish in a day of exchanging romantic gifts with that special someone, the rest could find themselves glued to Tinder with Ben&Jerry’s for company…
However fear not, Valentine’s Day isn’t just reserved for the head over heels couples. Our Footage Manager Holly Webster has put together lightboxes of clips portraying not just romantic, but also familial and spiritual love, to help get you in the affectionate mood:
Pas de deux from Act IV of Swan Lake, performed by Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes, 1956 / Creative Arts Television / Bridgeman Footage
This clip shows the stunning Pas de deux dance from Act IV of the infamous ballet Swan Lake, performed by Maria Tallchief and Nicholas Magallanes in 1956. The Pas de deux is a duet in which two dancers, typically a male and a female, perform ballet steps together – unsurprisingly, it is often used to portray reciprocal love.
The Owl and the Pussycat / Halas & Batchelor / Bridgeman Footage
As children, animation is perhaps one of the first places that we learn about the complexities and charms of love. The archive is home to a range of cartoon clips, from the opera Ruddigore to an old-fashioned interpretation on the course of true love and having to deal with your child growing up.
This sweet and elegant portrayal of Edward Lear’s nonsense poem, The Owl and the Pussycat, is one of my favourites in the archive. It is a subtle reminder that opposites can both attract and live harmoniously – even in a ‘pea-green boat’ for a ‘year and a day’!
Bridgeman Footage represents the legendary Halas&Batchelor collection, produced by a studio that became one of Europe’s most influential producers of animated films right up into the 1970s.