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Love in the Afternoon
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Love in the Afternoon

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Director: Billy Wilder,

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

 

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Billy Wilder's romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew career

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Billy Wilder's romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include cast and crew career highlights and a theatrical trailer. This is a fine disc from Warner Bros. who deserve credit for making this classic film available with a letterboxed image.

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All Movie Guide
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:
01/08/2002
UPC:
0085391721826
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Cast/director film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, Español & Português

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits. [1:08]
2. City of Love. [1:53]
3. Chavasse on the Case. [3:56]
4. File Facts. [3:01]
5. Report to Mr. X. [4:55]
6. Such an American Face. [2:27]
7. Uncommitted Crime. [5:33]
8. Ariane to the Rescue. [3:40]
9. Another Woman. [6:09]
10. An Afternoon Date. [6:21]
11. Goings and Comings. [3:04]
12. Detailed Dossier. [:30]
13. Burning Mistake. [3:52]
14. Date to Break a Date. [3:07]
15. The Blur of First Love. [5:08]
16. Bon Voyage. [3:41]
17. Icebox Memento. [4:43]
18. Read All About Him. [1:53]
19. Sighting of Note. [:50]
20. A Date at the Opera. [3:15]
21. That Touch of Ermine. [4:44]
22. Very Susceptible. [3:18]
23. Case of the Missing Coat. [4:25]
24. Anklet From Spain. [3:32]
25. Her First American. [3:32]
26. Dictation. [3:52]
27. Taking Dictation. [5:21]
28. Open Bar. [2:42]
29. Sweating It Out. [3:05]
30. New Client. [4:22]
31. The Lady of Interest. [5:27]
32. Such a Little Fish. [2:58]
33. Sensible Goodbye. [3:27]
34. The Train Station. [4:40]
35. All Aboard. [2:13]
36. Life Sentence. [1:58]

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Love in the Afternoon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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.
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.
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