In both incidents, the writer of the song explains to his audience that it was because smoke had got into his eyes and not because he had respectively fall in and out of the love that had made him emotional.
Along with Rain and Tears, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was played frequently throughout the first segment of Three Times, a Taiwanese movie. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes has that Frank Sinatra, jazzy feel, contrasting Rain and Tears' soft rock sound. To add here, I have always been a fan of Frank Sinatra and jazz music. Again, maybe it was the scenes that accompanied the music, the song too brings about a warm, romantic feeling.
Two weeks ago, I was watching Blue Valentine, a film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. I was excited - the I-know-what-song-this-is-kind-of excitement - when the familiar music started to play during a love scene. I intended to use a screenshot from Three Times for the cover art, but I was unable to find a freeze frame that I liked. The picture featured above was found here. It was edited with Afterlight, VSCOCam and Over.
Here is a YouTube video I found of the song. Have a listen and and let me know what you think in the comments below.