So why is this in the top 100?
I have watched about 92% of the top 250 films, and I saw this one based on the fact that it was on that list. After seeing this film, I wonder why it deserves that spot. It is a charming film, with a lot of cultural and historical interest. But let's face it. It's quite long-winded and gets a bit repetitive at times. I felt that it was forcing the audience to be emotional through indulgent shots. There was no subtlety.
I just don't see it as "essential" cinema by any means, nor do I see it as a masterpiece. Just another depressing love story.