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Love in the Afternoon
     

Love in the Afternoon

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Director: Billy Wilder, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier

Cast: Billy Wilder, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier

 

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Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife for the 1957 romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon (both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture). Audrey Hepburn co-stars as the daughter of Parisian private eye Maurice Chevalier. Investigating the amorous

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Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife for the 1957 romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon (both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture). Audrey Hepburn co-stars as the daughter of Parisian private eye Maurice Chevalier. Investigating the amorous activities of Cooper, Chevalier relates what he's discovered to cuckolded husband John McGiver, who declares that he's going after Cooper with a pistol. Overhearing this conversation, Hepburn rushes off to rescue Cooper. She keeps him far away from McGiver by adopting a "woman of the world" pose. Cooper quickly sees through this charade; still, she is fascinated by Hepburn and attempts to relocate her after she disappears. Meeting Chevalier one day, Cooper relates the story of the Mystery Woman, never dreaming that he is describing Chevalier's daughter. Equally in the dark, Chevalier offers to locate the elusive Hepburn. Once he's tumbled to the fact that his quarry is his own flesh and blood, Chevalier advises Hepburn against contemplating a relationship with the much-older Cooper. She, of course, fails to heed this warning, setting the stage for an ultraromantic finale. Love in the Afternoon is highlighted by a superb running gag involving a quartet of gypsy violinists, who insist upon dogging Cooper's trail wherever he goes-including a steam bath. Love in the Afternoon was adapted by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond from the novel Ariane by Claude Anet.

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After a falling-out with writing partner Charles Brackett, the legendary Billy Wilder teamed with the talented Romanian writer I.A.L. Diamond for one of his best films, Love in the Afternoon. The film captured the sophisticated wit that would mark many of their future collaborations, including Some Like It Hot and The Apartment. Love has also been interpreted as a tribute to Wilder's hero and former colleague, director Ernst Lubitsch, and the presence of Gary Cooper in the lead role lends credence to that idea: he's basically reprising his role from Lubitsch's Bluebeard's Eighth Wife. The first of Wilder's pictures with Diamond, Love was one of three classics that Wilder released in 1957; the others were Spirit of St. Louis and Witness for the Prosecution.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2014
UPC:
0888574100025
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
2:10:00
Sales rank:
719

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn Ariane Chavasse
Maurice Chevalier Claude Chavasse
John McGiver Monsieur X
Van Doude Michel
Lisa Bourdin Mme. X
Paul Bonifas Commissioner of Police
Charles Bouillaud Valet at the Ritz
Guy Delorme Gigolo
Filo Flannagan's Chauffeur
Eve Marley Actor
Moustache Butcher
Minerva Pious Maid at the Ritz
Betty Schneider Actor
Valerie Croft Swedish Twin
Gregoire Gromoff Doorman at the Ritz
Christian Lude Actor
Charles Lemontier Actor
Jacques Ary Lover on Right Bank
Leila Croft Swedish Twin
Bernard Musson Undertaker
Marcelle Praince Rich Woman
Alexandre Trauner Artist
Olga Valery Lady Hotel Guest
Audrey Wilder Brunette

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Leonide Azar Editor
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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Love in the Afternoon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Love In The Afternoon¿ sparkles like a diamond tiara accidentally stumbled upon while exploring ancient ruins. In this vintage May/December romance from Billy Wilder, Arian Chavessez (Audrey Hepburn) the precocious ingénue daughter of a Parisian P.I. (Maurice Chevalier) decides to follow one of her father's client¿s husbands, middle-age playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper) to his hotel suite. When Arian discovers Flannagan romancing a married woman, she takes pity and rescues him from a jealous husband. But all is not without personal consequence. Succumbing to Frank¿s charms, Arian discovers a burgeoning romance developing between she and Frank. Arian's father is dead set against their match until he suddenly realizes that it is indeed true love. The film is an elegant little nothing from Wilder, sandwiched somewhere between Sunset Blvd. and the ultra chic, Sabrina in his illustrious body of work and unfortunately overshadowed by his other considerable masterworks. A real shame, because this is a great romantic comedy/drama with an unusually sober and clairvoyant perspective on the older man/younger woman scenario. Warner Home Video has given us a rather dull looking transfer. The gray scale starts out good but then deteriorates to a rather blurry mess. The picture is incredibly soft focused at times. When the picture is sharp, background detail is fairly accurately rendered with only a hint of edge enhancement, pixelization or aliasing problems. Black levels are weak. Contrast levels are often worse. The audio is mono and unusually strident, with a considerable amount of background hiss that is not usually the norm for Warner Brother DVD's. There are NO extras.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though it's in black and white, ''Love in the Afternoon'' glows with Audrey's innocent beauty and charm. It's a must for any Audrey fan and is often overlooked. The only problem is that Gary Cooper seems too old to be her love interest, but Audrey often stars in similar May-December romances anyway.
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