Love and Marriage: A 20th Century Romance
Friday, 8.30pm, SBS One They go together like a horse and carriage, don’t they? Perhaps I should ease up on the wisdom of songcraft, for there is only one song that matters in the headlong race to tie the knot: Here Comes the Bride. This threepart series, which began last week, celebrates the power of an age-old institution that has survived from antiquity into the modern age of individual freedom and affluence. But before you start imagining debates about same-sex marriage, you should know that the series concerns itself only with marriage in the 20th century, when such a thing was simply unheard of. Last week’s debut was full of terribly old people reminiscing about their romances, proposals and engagements in wartime in the first half of the century. Romantic but a tad twee. More interestingly, this episode cuts to the 1970s, and the place of marriage in the age of feminism. Amazingly, marriage flourished. It was a long way from the 60s, to which we soon return, in which every man wanted a virgin bride.