In making SYLVIE’S LOVE, writer-director Eugene Ashe drew inspiration from several classic Hollywood romances, melodramas and jazz films from the 1960s-1970s. We invite you to view five of them in advance of the Q&A (all are available to rent or purchase on Amazon). Click here to listen to the writer-director talk about these films in an exclusive YouTube video!
THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962) – Cary Grant and Doris Day play lovers with differing expectations in this romantic comedy directed by Delbert Mann.
LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (1963) – An unexpected pregnancy complicates things for Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Robert Mulligan’s film, nominated for 5 Oscars.
COME BLOW YOUR HORN (1963) – This Neil Simon adaptation stars Frank Sinatra as a Manhattan playboy who introduces his younger brother (Tony Bill) to the high life.
A MAN CALLED ADAM (1966) – Sammy Davis Jr. delivers a bravura performance as a self-destructive cornetist in this jazz-filled drama from Leo Penn.
SPARKLE (1976) – Three sisters in 1950s Harlem form a singing group, but success threatens to drive them apart. FAME’s Irene Cara plays the title role.