July 2, 2012
When I heard that Nora Ephron died, I was thunderstruck. A light disappeared from the world. A writer of such absolute delight should be commonplace but is, in fact, a rarity.
She loved to create funny romantic movies. She created an endangered species because who else can write this category of film to watch again and again, with such durability into the future? Timeless films? They will reach to the generations ahead just as they reached back to the 1930’s, the 1940’s, and 1950’s. Honestly, the young people of the current generation didn’t know the sound of Jimmy Durante but they fell in love with it because of her treatment. She was 71 but she wrote contemporary themes (You’ve Got Mail) as well as 1950 romances (When Marry Meets Sally), and what was funny and romantic to her was the same for us. She had our pulse beat, and we had hers. If I may quote Melville in the opening of Moby-Dick : “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul,” I reach for a sunny film by Nora Ephron.