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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilder's Parisian souffle, 18 July 2004
This review is from: Love in the Afternoon (Ws Sub) [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
With two of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, and (despite the silly plot) a sharp and witty script, this film is an evergreen, and one I never tire of watching.
Audrey Hepburn is enchanting as the spunky "Thin Girl", a cello student who falls in love with a millionaire playboy bachelor, played with grace and charm (and quite a bit of humor) by Gary Cooper. Hepburn was 28 at the time, and looked younger, Cooper was 56, and looked perhaps older, but despite the age difference, their chemistry together sparkles and sizzles.
The romantic cat and mouse game played by Hepburn to intrigue and win Cooper's heart is all very innocent and sweet, and I always shed a few tears at the magical ending.
Maurice Chevalier as Hepburn's father, a private detective specializing in matters of love and deception is fabulous, and gets most of the funny lines, and John McGiver, as one of Chevalier's jealous husband clients, is also very amusing.
The b & w cinematography by William Mellor is exceptional, and how the camera loves Audrey, looking exquisite in an array of beautiful gowns. There is also a quartet called "The Gypsies", who serenade the lovers throughout the film with some terrific czardas, and the melodic song "Fascination".
Light, frothy, and thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of Billy Wilder's most delightful films, and it's a treasure for Hepburn and Cooper fans.
Total running time is 130 minutes.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2010 07:56:57 BDT
I have NEVER seen this on TV in UK, ever. I am both a Hepburn, Wilder and Gary Cooper fan. Even at the terrible age of 56, (I am now getting near that), he was still a very charismatic actor, good looking, and still with that glint in his eye. I must check this one out, unfortunately, UK Amazon only have US region 1, not sure if I can play it on any of the three DVD players I have. Must find the instructions somewhere. Thanks for the review, Amazon hounding me again with recommendations. Trouble is they know it works. I have got over fifty DVD's sitting in my wish list by priority. Some get move to my basket as save for later and eventually when I have some spare money on my card it is just one click from "queer street", or poverty. STOP IT AMAZON, PLEASE, I AM GOING BANKRUPT. My god your review was 2004! Are you still alive? Best wishes from sunny OLD HAMPSHIRE.
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