five more reasons to love new york
At the beginning of Love Etc., a new documentary, we see a couple in bed, limbs entwined under a mound of crinkled sheets.
“I have to move the car,” mumbles one of them.
It’s a slice of New York romance – and one of five real stories shot over the course of a year throughout the boroughs.
I was at the sneak preview last night at the 92nd Street Y. The characters range in age from 18 to 89, but one story truly captured my heart: that of Albert and Marion Mazur of Canarsie, who celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary shortly after the film was completed. Their tenderness for each other was palpable in every scene – right down to Al’s careful slicing of his wife’s peanut-buttered toast when she became too frail. Marion had always taken care of everything around the house, but now it was Al’s turn.
“Do you want to listen to the radio?” asks Al as they sit down to eat.
“I’d rather listen to you,” replies Marion, without missing a beat.
We’re treated to more lessons of love as we watch Al and Marion. They didn’t always see eye to eye; it’s just that every disagreement ended with a mutual agreement to “start over.” Al said that his 48 years of marriage had felt like 48 minutes.
Marion passed away a few months ago, and Al spoke about their enduring story during the Q&A: “I really don’t know where the time went.” Then he told us their secret:
“We lived our lives together, but separately. That was really it.”
He tried to get her to exercise with him, but it really wasn’t her thing. She was into political events while he wasn’t, so she’d often do that on her own. Yet their joint dream was to have a musical hit, and their baby was a song they called “Every Day’s A Holiday in Brooklyn.” Even then, they preserved their individual identities and fused them into a beautiful whole:
“I wrote the music line, and she wrote the story line.”
Love Etc. opens this Friday in New York City.