This Valentine’s Day, romantic comedy classic When Harry Met Sally screens at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.
Many films have dealt with the issue but this was first film to openly ask the question:
“Can men and women be friends or does sex always get in the way?”
The answer, in this particular case, is no… well, yes… but no… then yes.
When Harry Met Sally is one of the greatest romantic comedies of all-time and feels like the best Woody Allen film he never made.
Billy Crystal is at his neurotic best in one of the most realistic portrayals of a man in the genre. This movie also kickstarted Meg Ryan’s reign as the Rom-Com Queen resulting in her own New York Trilogy that also included Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
It might have taken a long time for Harry and Sally’s “Will they? Won’t they?” relationship to come to fruition but one connection which was instantaneous was the film’s love for New York City. Filmed in such a way that it would create a long-lasting bond with the characters and the audience.
Harry actually meets Sally when they drive from Chicago to New York City after graduating from college. Along the way, their differing views on life, love and the ending of Casablanca result on them deciding they wouldn’t be friends. Years later they meet again on a flight leaving from New York and once again they go their separate ways.
It isn’t actually until they meet face-to-face in New York in a branch of Shakespeare & Co bookstore that they finally become friends. Perhaps it is the magic of the city that helped to build this relationship.
Different areas and faces of New York were used depending on the film’s plot at that time. Moments between Sally and her female friends take place in restaurants like The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Conversations between Harry and his male friend Jesse are set in typically male venues like a batting cage in Coney Island or the perfect comic timing of the Mr. Zero speech at a New York Giants game.
Despite being “just friends”, Harry and Sally spend a lot of time in ideal “meet-cute” locations like Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art and dining out together in various restaurants, resulting in the most famous film food moment in cinema history as Sally demonstrates the art of the female orgasm over lunch at Katz’s Deli.
So make sure to “have what she’s having” by visiting some of the locations where Harry Met Sally.
205 E Houston St, NY 10002. Metro Station: 2 Av
No trip to New York is complete without a visit to the world’s most famous deli and home to some of the biggest sandwiches you are ever likely to see. This is where Meg Ryan showcased her infamous fake orgasm to Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally so make sure you grab their table (it’s signposted) and have what she’s having! The deli also featured in Enchanted.
Washington Square Park
Metro Station: 8 St–NYU
This public park is most well known for its giant arch honouring George Washington, hence the name of the park, and the large fountain located at its centre. It is also a cultural hub of Greenwich Village, where it is located at the bottom of Fifth Avenue, and you can often find it full of avid chess players, musicians and students simply taking a break from their studies at the nearby New York University campus.