Playing as part of the Prince Charles's Cinema's curated 35mm celluloid celebration season CHECK THE GATE, Modern Romance is presented by The Badlands Collective.
While Albert Brooks is well-known as a comedian and actor, his work as a director is arguably overlooked. But between 1979 and 1991, Brooks made four acclaimed comedies in cinema, and 1981’s Modern Romance is one of them.
Robert Cole, a film editor, is constantly breaking up with and reconciling with long-suffering girl friend Mary Harvard, who works at a bank. He is irrationally jealous and self-centered, while Mary has been too willing to let him get away with his disruptive antics. Can they learn to live with each other? Can they learn to live without each other? The movie also provides insight into film editing as Robert and co-worker Jay work on their current project, a cheesy sci-fi movie.