Sabrina

Sabrina

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Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Billy Wilder, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

     
 

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Billy Wilder directs the lighthearted romantic comedy Sabrina, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the simple, naïve daughter of a chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams). They live on anSee more details below

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Billy Wilder directs the lighthearted romantic comedy Sabrina, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the simple, naïve daughter of a chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams). They live on an estate with the wealthy Oliver Larrabee (Walter Hampden) and his two sons: workaholic older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) and fun-loving younger brother David (William Holden). Sabrina adores the charming David, but he thinks of her as just a kid. Her father sends her away to Paris for chef school, where she meets Baron St. Fontanel (Marcel Dalio), and she returns a worldly, sophisticated woman. David immediately falls for her, but he is already engaged to marry heiress Elizabeth Tyson (Martha Hyer). Sabrina wants to break up the wedding in order to finally catch the man of her dreams, while Linus fights to keep the marriage on in the interest of family business and Mr. Tyson's (Francis X. Bushman) fortune. In order to keep Sabrina away from David, Linus pretends to court her himself. In doing so, they eventually realize their true feelings for each another.

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Billy Wilder's Sabrina has an explicit fairy tale quality (it begins with the words "once upon a time") which betrays its Cinderella roots. Based on Samuel Taylor's stage play, the movie suffers occasionally from feelings of staginess and windiness. It is, at times, obviously formulaic and predictable, but such is the nature of most romantic comedies. Audrey Hepburn's naif-like vulnerability and angelic beauty make her the perfect fit for the part; her natural elegance, playfulness and intelligence have the audience cheerfully manipulated into applauding her elevation from rags to riches. Humphrey Bogart (in a part originally intended for Cary Grant) plays against type as the romantic lead who knows the price of everything, but has no concept of the value of love. His character, Linus Larrabee, not Sabrina, is the real protagonist of the piece, as it is his big decisions and personal growth that key the movie's action and resolution. William Holden is well cast as the debonair and wanton playboy. Playing on opposing themes, such as commerce vs. love, cynicism vs. romanticism, sex vs. love, Sabrina casually gives class conflict and consciousness the Hollywood treatment, so we are lead to see that nothing can keep true lovers apart. Billy Wilder doesn't hit us over the head with these themes, because they are all so deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious that he only needs to give us a wink and a nod. While Bogie and Hepburn don't rank up there with Bogie and Bacall on the chemistry meter, both are incessantly charming. Sabrina is not as insightful or cutting as Wilder's best work, but the snappy and witter banter, which is marked by droll double entendres, help to elevate the film above standard entrants in this genre. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, but ended up winning only one for Edith Head's costume design.Dan Jardine
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Billy Wilder's Sabrina has an explicit fairy-tale quality (it begins with the words "once upon a time") that betrays its Cinderella roots. Based on Samuel Taylor's stage play, the movie suffers occasionally from feelings of staginess and windiness. It is, at times, obviously formulaic and predictable, but such is the nature of most romantic comedies. Audrey Hepburn's naïf-like vulnerability and angelic beauty make her the perfect fit for the part; her natural elegance, playfulness, and intelligence have the audience cheerfully manipulated into applauding her elevation from rags to riches. Humphrey Bogart (in a part originally intended for Cary Grant) plays against type as the romantic lead who knows the price of everything, but has no concept of the value of love. His character, Linus Larrabee, not Sabrina, is the real protagonist of the piece, as it is his big decisions and personal growth that key the movie's action and resolution. William Holden is well cast as the debonair and wanton playboy. Playing on opposing themes, such as commerce vs. love, cynicism vs. romanticism, sex vs. love, Sabrina casually gives class conflict and consciousness the Hollywood treatment, so we are led to see that nothing can keep true lovers apart. Billy Wilder doesn't hit us over the head with these themes, because they are all so deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious that he only needs to give us a wink and a nod. While Bogie and Hepburn don't rank up there with Bogie and Bacall on the chemistry meter, both are incessantly charming. Sabrina is not as insightful or cutting as Wilder's best work, but the snappy and witty banter, which is marked by droll double entendres, help to elevate the film above standard entrants in this genre. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, but ended up winning only one, for Edith Head's costume design.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0097361436647
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
31,880

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden David Larrabee
Walter Hampden Oliver Larrabee
John Williams Thomas Fairchild
Francis X. Bushman Mr. Tyson
Martha Hyer Elizabeth Tyson
Joan Vohs Gretchen Van Horn
Marcel Dalio Baron
Marcel Hillaire The Professor
Nella Walker Maude Larrabee
Ellen Corby Miss McCardle
Rand Harper Actor
Bill Neff Man with Linus
Kay Riehl Mrs. Tyson
Otto Forrest Elevator Operator
David Ahdar Ship Steward
Marjorie Bennett Margaret, cook
Charles Harvey Spiller
Paul Harvey Doctor
Nancy Kulp Jenny, maid
Kay Kuter Houseman
Emory Parnell Charles, butler
Marion Ross Spiller's Girl Friend
Emmett Vogan Board Member
Colin Campbell Board Member
Harvey B. Dunn Man with Tray

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Samuel A.Taylor Screenwriter
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Richard Rodgers Songwriter
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Wilson Stone Songwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sabrina
1. Main Title [1:05]
2. The Chauffeur's Daughter [7:27]
3. Reaching For The Moon [3:57]
4. Cooking School [6:00]
5. The Larabee Tyson Merger [6:00]
6. Love Thy Neighbor [:57]
7. Changing Partners [6:55]
8. Out Of Circulation [2:44]
9. It's All In The Family [6:09]
10. The Cold Businessman [2:27]
11. Linus' Intentions [4:27]
12. A Straight Export Deal [4:54]
13. Ticket To Paris [2:43]
14. A Previous Engagement [7:07]

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