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Last year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, College of Charleston film studies professors offered their lists of top romantic movies (here and here) to help you celebrate the holiday.

However, we recognize that, for some, Valentine’s Day only serves as an unwelcome reminder that they’re single—or unhappily paired. For you Valentine-haters out there, Assistant Professor Colleen Glenn offers this list of failed romances that will be sure to cheer you up. Tales of missed opportunities, love gone sour, and vengeful psychotic lovers await! So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, sprawl out on the couch, and settle in for the darker—or unsuccessful—side of Cupid’s arrow.

Colleen’s Top 5 Anti-Valentine Picks

5. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)


source: Wikipedia

In this epic melodrama set against the backdrop of the turbulent Civil War and Reconstruction period, Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) heat up the screen with enough chemistry to ignite the burning of Atlanta. Matched by their strength, wit, and resourcefulness, the handsome couple’s on-again, off-again romance spans years, but finally, ends tragically, when pride, grief, and misunderstanding become insurmountable barriers.

4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton delight in this classic romantic comedy set in New York City and LA. One of Allen’s best films, Annie Hall persists in its popularity because it not only offers charming and relatable characters, but also presents the best and worst of romantic relationships, making it as realistic as it is funny. Finally, its sweetly sad ending (à la The Way We Were, 1973) resonates so powerfully because it captures the universal sentiment toward “the one that got away:” the nagging “What if?…”

3. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)


source: IMDb

In this melancholy, graceful, and understated film, an ordinary couple, played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, fall in love, spar, struggle, and fall apart in what is one of the most darkly touching (failed) romances on screen. Crosscutting between the present and the past adds both a sense of doom and terrible beauty, as we seem to experience their loss over time as much as they do. Gosling and Williams turn out incredibly powerful performances in this hauntingly sad love story.

4. Fatal Attraction (Adrian Lyne, 1987)

Lock up the family pets! Michael Douglas pays the price for his philandering when Glenn Close begins to stalk his family in this superb thriller. Iconic performances by the leading actors under Lyne’s masterful artistic direction create an unforgettable, spine-tingling cinematic experience. A PSA on why not to cheat on your spouse, Fatal Attraction will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

 1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)



Now considered to be Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo portrays Scottie (James Stewart) falling for a married woman, Madelaine (Kim Novak), in what turns out to be an elaborately-laid trap to set him up for murder. A portrait of the dangerous power of the grips of romantic love, Vertigo, through its hauntingly beautiful score by Bernard Hermann, meticulous cinematography, and its fantastic performances, leaves viewers with unsettling, lingering feelings about the things we do for love.


Related article: The Valentine’s Day Effect

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) currently has the following award applications available. Please read the instructions for each award carefully before applying.

2016 HSS Study Abroad Award

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a competitive scholarship to students who will enroll in one of the summer College of Charleston Study Abroad programs found here:

 A total of $4,000 is available this year to students majoring in HSS. This application must be submitted by March 18, 2016. Decisions will be made on April 1st.

2016 HSS Internship Award

Two awards of $1000 each are available to third-year students (57+ earned hours) majoring within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Qualified applicants will maintain at least a 2.8 overall GPA with a record of success in their academic and professional lives. Preference givenHappy to be here to those with financial need. Students must be enrolled in a summer HSS course for the internship. This course must be for academic credit. In addition to this online application, students applying for this scholarship are encouraged to send a letter of recommendation from a faculty member to  Recommendations from employers, supervisors, and community partners are also welcome.

 This application and any additional documentation must be submitted by April 15, 2016. Decisions will be made on April 29th.

The HSS Student Travel Award

This award is offered to both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in HSS, beginning 2014-2015. The travel awards are intended to supplement funding acquired through other sources at the College of Charleston.

 The deadlines to apply for spring and summer funding are March 11, 2016 and May 13, 2016. Notifications of these awards will be sent by March 21, 2016 and May 23, 2016. Dates for 2016-2017 will be posted after July 1, 2016.


If you have any questions regarding the applications, please contact Katie Monk at or 953-0803.

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