Last night, we watched "Death Takes a Holiday" (1934) in class, and I absolutely loved it. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you do. It is a romantic fantasy based on a screenplay by James Maxwell Anderson starring Fredric March and Evelyn Venable .
It tells the story of "Death" paying a visit to an aristocratic family and guests for three days, and transforming himself into a mortal. During Death's three day holiday, his quest is to experience what 'life' is all about, but most importantly to find out what Love is, and if it is a game worth playing.
As the story unravels, he falls in love with the beautiful and ever so pensive Grazia. Experiencing what Love is for the first time, Death is left with the decision of whether to take Grazia with him once his time as a mortal has expired.
The story is beautifully acted out, and although it touches on the matter of death; (which I think most of us are taught to fear), as you watch this movie, you will find yourself smiling, and possibly leave you with a different outlook on death in the end.
If the plot sounds familiar to you, you are absolutely right, as a remake of Death Takes a Holiday was made into Meet Joe Black (1998). While the stories are alike in many ways, the ending is different and I think that after watching Death Takes a Holiday, I fancy it more than Meet Joe Black.
If you have seen Death Takes a Holiday, what were your thoughts on it?