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Love in the Afternoon 1957

Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client...

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I just finished watching "Love in the Afternoon" starring the beloved Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper, directed by Billy Wilder. I was flipping through channels today, and saw where it was coming on HBO so I recorded it on my DVR to view later. I'd never seen this one and it's AUDREY! Hello! Had to record it. I LOVED IT! There's a fresh tear on my cheek still.:) Audrey was so very lovely here, and contagiously genuine. I love the emotions her eyes convey. And how romantic can you get? The storyline was so interesting, and keeps you anticipating each scene. Even the hubby was interested in it. Granted, the only film with Audrey he's ever watched is Sabrina...and he says he was more interested in this one. I loved that the two characters where total opposites, (one a playboy that never gets attached, and the other...a simple, sort of innocent and sweet music student who has never been in love, but wants to) yet...somehow...with the help of Audrey's character being so sweetly sneaky she get's Gary Cooper's character infested with her...and in LOVE. The ending is perfect. One of those where you feel your heart breaking ALONG with the character...and then feel their joy as well.
Applause allllll around!! I have to get it on DVD now.
I also watched The Jacket the other night. It's flawed. It is. I'd give a's interesting enough to sit through for sure. You do want to know how it all ends...but something wasn't right about it...something missing...something that kept pestering me...was it Keira Knightley? I don't know. She wasn't too bad here actually. Adrien Brody performed well...but wasn't his best. It's obvious still that he's a great actor. I don't really have anything else to say on that one. Oh, except that I'm still ODDLY attracted to Adrien Brody. haha.
We rented "Mean Creek" the other night. I heard about it last year, and tried to remind myself not to forget to rent it. The trailer was at the beginning of The Machinist so my memory was refreshed and I had the hubby rent it. We haven't watched yet. I hope it's good...although it does look a tad bit disturbing. The little girl in it...I don't know her name at the moment but I think she's the one that was in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants". The blonde girl. I think she's in Mean Creek. You know, she's a very good actress. I saw a while ago on an episode of Dawson's Creek (another creek) and said to myself.."hmmm..good little actress. She'll probably be in movies." I was right. Dakota Fanning watch your back.;)
Alright, I'm rambling...which is my cue.
Santa Fe Trail
Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Yes, this movie has problems, but the bad buzz around it startles me. It's actually a very solid kids film that adults can enjoy as well.

I read this book when I was a kid, but I don't remember it much. It's clear that this is much more for kids then LOTR, and even Harry Potter, so in the story department, it can't really be compared. But in other departments, it can be compared, and doesn't hold up bad at all.

First off, the acting from Tilda Swinton as the White Witch is absolutely outstanding. She's constantly in a position to go over-the-top and become a cartoon villain, but she never does. Instead, her performance is frighteningly intense, especially for a film of this sort.

The visuals are quite good too, I really liked the costumes, and I appreciated that they didn't seem to over do things like they could have. Oh sure, the Knight costumes are overpolished, and a few things are glossier then I would have liked, but it has the benefit of avoiding some of the annoying grandure shots of other fantasy films for the most part, keeping it planted firmly in it's roots as a children's story. The allegories are heavy handed, but that's just the way Lewis did things, and it's not necessarily done badly.

Anyhow, I don't have a whole lot to say about this, other then it's a much better film then it's getting buzz for around here. Thouroughly enjoyable, and reccomendable for the kid and the kid at heart.


All of this is not to say that I hated the film. I enjoyed it. The Parisian locations reminded me of home, and I couldn't help but wish I were back there with Hepburn, experiencing the unpolluted era of the 1950s in Paris, full of beatniks and great jazz clubs. The story had some merit, being an interesting mix of romance and comedy. Especially great are the opening scenes featuring Monsieur X, a jealous husband intent on killing Cooper's character for his philandering. These scenes are darkly comedic, Wilder's signature style, and I loved every moment of it. However, things get stale as Hepburn and Cooper finally look into each others eyes longingly, and begin to plan trysts with each other. And, sadly, that should have been the main thrust of the film...*sigh*

A fine film to see, for its locale and for its charming performance by Audrey Hepburn, and even Maurice Chevalier. I think its Gary Cooper who holds down the film, adding a stale flavor that works when he's playing the sheriff of a Western boomtown, but as an American playboy, he comes across as a predator, and it almost ruins the film.

3 stars -
A pleasant, charming film, superbly handled by Hepburn, though Cooper seems a little miscast. No matter, this film is as lighthearted as they come.

Love in the Afternoon

Audrey Hepburn was wonderful as was Billy Wilder's direction. The story itself fet a little shallow but overall the film was quite good.
Even if you're totally creeped out by May / December romances, this one could have worked with Cary Grant. The reason is partly that he had aged more gracefully than had Gary Cooper, whose under-eye bags rival his cheek bones in prominence. And the other part is that he's freakin' Cary Grant. I'm pretty sure he could have pulled it off into his 60's. Cary Grant had the same timeless sex appeal Paul Newman had. With Cooper, Billy Wilder has to use lighting, or the lack thereof, along with dizzyingly uncomfortable camera angles to de-emphasize his age. It is just too obvious that the director is not happy with his choice.

Another problem with Cooper's casting is his inability to pull off a roue. He just doesn't seem like a smooth talking playboy, someone who would cause two airline stewardesses to fight over his attentions or who would throw an impromptu "rock and roll" party in his hospital room. He is fine as the laconic cowboy or the wise rube, but, well, Cary Grant he ain't. He's goofy when he should be amusing, and awkward when he should be smooth. He doesn't fit.

And, sorry to say it, but Audrey Hepburn isn't even right for her part. She's too old to play a coed, even though Wilder has her wear ridiculous pigtails to take some years off. She's not old, mind you, just no longer an innocent school girl. Maybe casting someone younger would have been too controversial, but Hepburn at this point had played one too many ingenues.

The only person cast correctly is Maurice Chevalier as the detective. He is the right age and has the right persona, world weary but compassionate. And John McGiver is quite strangely endearing as the jealous husband.

For a Billy Wilder movie, this is a letdown. Hard to believe Some Like It Hot came only a couple years later. But the premise, of a young woman pretending to be a mysterious woman of vast experience just for the excitement of her first affair, could still work. I just wouldn't make the playboy quite so old this time, and make sure he doesn't look like he'd be more comfortable in cowboy boots.
I love Audry Hepburn but this movie put me to sleep,definitely not my favorite.
What today's critics see: two legends, Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper starring together in a romantic comedy by the legend Billy Wilder. Sounds good, right?

What I see, and the critics then saw; a 17-year old being seduced by a 60-year old. Seriously, Hepburn looks very much younger then she really is, and I don't know how old her character is suppose to be but my guess would be between 15 and 19. And then we have Cooper who look like being around 60 years old. What annoys me the most is the fact that there is no such lolita-theme is this, it's just like the most natural thing in the world...a romantic relationship between a 17 year old, and a 60 year old. Nobody rose their eyesbrows in the movie, or neither did her "papa" disapprove.
You know what? I'm pretty sure that my parents and friends would have react if I would have a 60 year old boyfriend when I was 17...But that's perhaps just me...
(I should perhaps mention that Cary Grant turned down the role as he believed that he was too old. And Cary was three years younger then Gary)

Audrey Hepburn is playing this gamine daughter Ariane, of this french detective Claude played by Maurice Chevalier. Maurice is hired by a man to find our his the man's wife if unfaithful or not. When the man gets to know that he was right about his suspicions, he plans to murder his wife's lover, a playboy named Frank but Ariane overhears the conversasion and warns Frank. They start to get interested in eachother and Ariane pretends to be this woman of the world with lots of lovers just to impress Frank and Frank slowly starts to get jealous of Ariane's made up lovers.

I didn't find the plot good enough to save the movie, so I have to rate this movie rotten, despite gorgeous Audrey.

Everytime I heard Maurice Chevalier say the word "love" (pronounced "leuve") I really wanted to turn off the telly for some reason.

Sorry, about this very subjective review, folks. But I just had to let it off my chest!
Love in the Afternoon, a charming, delightful Billy Wilder romantic comedy set no less in Paris, the city of love. The title soundtrack includes "Facination", but we will see that what we have here is a tale of "Infatuation".

Critism of this movie centers largely around the extreme age difference of young upstart Audrey Hepburn and the 3 times older veteran Gary Cooper. But this is unfounded cheapshot. The whole point of this spring-winter romance is just that!

Billy Wilder produced, directed and co-wrote the screenplay in this intriguing romantic interlude. Worldly, wealthy, jet-setter Cooper, an American tycoon of sorts fleecing every rich female on the planet gets his rival after meeting naive, young and helplessly romantic Hepburn.

The only first dinner date Cooper could get was four o'clock in the afternoon, hence the title. The tables are turned when this daughter of private Parisian detective, played sensitively by veteran French actor Maurice Chevalier, gets involved in a case of the father. Intrigued by all the romantic cases of the her father, she considers his files her "library".

But she goes a case too far reading all about Cooper, that romantic and footloose American who's method of operation is love 'em and leave 'em. She reads the files as she practices her cello. His philosophy is to keep things light in a relationship so, in theory at least, no one gets hurt.

Well, our young music student Hepburn who can never be without her cello as she drags it with her constantly, thinks the opposite. Quite naturally, she has never had much of a romantic past and her detective father admits there were none before Cooper, late in the movie.

Cooper is unnerved by Hepburn, who plays him like a violin, oops, I mean cello.
He is advised to use the services of Hepburn's father, the detective of romance, Chevalier. Of course, the two eventually have a scene where the father confronts our elder playboy and begs he "throw her back".

There are several, sensitive and touching scenes in this finely crafted film. Cooper becomes enthralled by Hepburn early in their entaglement, but there is no name she gives him. He is baffled, bewildered and becoming attached to this young inexperienced music student. And why not? What man in his 60's wouldn't be tempted by a girl in her late teens? That said, opposites attract, and that is the movie.

The last 20 or so minutes of this film are tear jerker status, so unless you hate sappy endings, avoid the ending. Incidentally, you will tire of hearing the tune "Facination" as it constantly appears, either whistled or in the soundtrack.

As for myself, although disappointed in the first 70% of the film, the last 30% was gripping and memorable.

No, Wilder did not make a lemon in Love in the Afternoon. He made a showcase of love being blind and able to flourish when we least expect it. Cooper was just the bumbling American businessman to sweep naive and impressionable Hepburn.

Although tough to get through as it is way too long, if you can survive to the last half hour the film finds its legs.

Give it a chance. It won't disappoint.
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