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Breath Of Scandal, A [DVD]

Sophia Loren , Maurice Chevalier , Michael Curtiz    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin, Angela Lansbury, Isabel Jeans
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Producers: Marcello Girosi, Carlo Ponti
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009J2QD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A spirited Ruritanian princess in exile falls for an American industrialist who is unaware of her royal standing. Based on a play b y Ferenc Molnar and adaptted by Sidney Howard.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophia Loren at her Best!!! 24 Nov 2007
Sophia Loren plays in this movie as the Austrian princess who, despite her exile from the familial estate for "scandalous indiscrection", scorns her mother to marry a prince of Austria. On the other hand she sets her sights on handsome John Gavin. Totally filmed in Vienna, this love story breakes the cold hearts and warm your soul. Produced by Great Produsser Carlo Ponti, this movie in my opinion is the best English language movie made by Sophia Loren.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of alpine air 12 Aug 2008
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sophia loren is perfection itself as the austrian princess who is a rebel and a man-eater not conforming with the kaiser but still a raging favourite at the court in vienna,
her romance with a yank is the most charming yank in euro-cinematic venture i have ever witnessed with john gavin as a naively clever technical wizard ,they both have a chemistry seldom seen on screen ,
but the 2 warring women isobel and angela lansbury make this an intelligent comic farcical masterpiece with their cheeky dialogues and sexual innuendoes with a sophistication beyond words .
chevalier sings too witha flourish and it is great indeed as is the night life in vienna with the court scenes ,
the alps ,the grandiose scenery ,the magnificent palaces and the bewitching loren in the most sexy gowns i have ever seen on a female make this a rare delight to cherish and behold with some immortal lines and a great visual style by curtiz ,must see.
usman khawaja
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow pace but worth it! 2 April 2001
By Elie Mamieh - Published on
The movie is quite good if you give it a chance. It actually starts on a very slow pace and one gets the impression that the movie is not very developped. But things pick up as you go along. Maurice Chevalier's remarks are humorous and charming. Olympia's estate has great decor and wonderful furniture. I happen to love John Gavin, and I think he is a good actor. Angela Lansbury does her best to intimidate, but we still love her. She's priceless. And as for Sophia... you have got to watch...
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... that's all it takes 15 May 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on
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American democracy falls in love with Austrian aristrocracy in "Breath of Scandal," one of Sophia Loren's lesser-known movies. The frothy Hollywood movie takes a look at aristocratic attitudes and class differences, and Loren does a magnificent job with her snobby character.

In 1907, Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren) was banished to her late husband's country manor, after a scandal in Vienna. But while horseback riding, she is knocked off by Charlie Foster (John Gavin), and decides to seduce the sexy American. She ends up passing out, and wakes up the next morning thinking that she and Foster were intimate.

After the emperor forgives her for the scandal, Olympia is to return to Vienna -- for an arranged marriage to a stuffy Prussian prince. But a hint of scandal could derail the whole thing. The problem is that Charlie has also arrived in Vienna to see Olympia's father (Maurice Chevalier), and the prince's spurned mistress (Angela Lansbury) is looking for dirt on Olympia.

"Breath of Scandal" is not a heavy period romance, but then, it never tries to be. You know how it will end, and the fun is watching the drama and frothy romance unfold in the middle of beautiful Vienna, ancestral mansions and royal balls. The subplots rely heavily on European/American viewpoints on love and marriage, but that's about as deep as the movie ever gets.

Director Michael Curtiz was at his best with frothy comedy. And in this film, he did a good job with scenes like Charlie administering first aid while reading from the book, and sharp, light dialogue. What's more, scenes that could have been chokinglt sentimental (like Chevalier's "confession" near the end) manage to be touching instead. The biggest obvious problem in this movie is that Loren looks nothing like either of her screen parents.

Of course, the funny dialogue would fall flat if the actors were bad. Their romance is pretty lightweight, but Loren and Gavin do have some good chemistry as the sultry princess on the hunt for gorgeous men, and a good-boy American who "isn't that kind of man." Nice to see some gender role-reversal in an old movie. Also delightful are Lansbury as the devious ex-mistress and Chevalier for his usual cheery, charming role.

"A Breath of Scandal" is a lightweight romantic comedy, but is boosted up by excellent acting and some very funny dialogue. Charming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breat of Scandal 1960 3 April 2006
By John W . Ford - Published on
Its 1907 in Vienna , the "city of the Waltz" Beautiful Sophia Loren (1934- ) is the Austrial Princess who , despite her exile from the familiar estate for "Scandalous indiscretions" scorn her mother?s wish to marry a Prince . Instead she sets her sight on a handsome John Gavin (1931- ) a visiting American mining engineer who has garnered the approval of her father: Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) as well. Michael Curtiz (1886-1962) directs , and Angela Landsbury (1925- ) provide iey snap as a scheming countess . With the elaborade costmes and sumptous decor of Viennese sociaty , A BREAT OF SCANDAL is a breezy , charming and refreshing romantic comedy that sets Emperor Franz Josep (1830-1916) court abuz with unrestraining gossip ! . Made on location in Austria . Breataking scenes from beautiful Austria . Superb Digital trasfer in High Quality picture . Recommended
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of scandal 28 Feb 2008
By F. Adams - Published on
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A breath of scandal is an excellent movie.I looked for this movie in all the shops and could not find it. had it and I have been totally satisfied. Sophia Loren is excellent in this movie. It is refreshing to be able to see old movies and not have all the violence and sex that are in the movies today. Thank you for offering movies and especially old movies with class. Thank You. Freda
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5.0 out of 5 stars Europe at it's best 8 Feb 2008
By Victor Swatsek - Published on
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If you want to see Austria countryside and great palaces of the 1900's then you must see this. There are 7 premier actors in this movie that are just fantastic. Great story and beautifull scenery. A real treasure.
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