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Breath of Scandal
     

A Breath of Scandal

Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin

 

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Based on the Ferenc Molnar play Olympia, A Breath of Scandal serves as an elegant vehicle for a ravishing Sophia Loren. The star plays Princess Olympia, who despite her station in life cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster (John Gavin). Meanwhile,

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Based on the Ferenc Molnar play Olympia, A Breath of Scandal serves as an elegant vehicle for a ravishing Sophia Loren. The star plays Princess Olympia, who despite her station in life cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster (John Gavin). Meanwhile, a marriage of state is arranged between the princess and Prince Ruprecht of Prussia (Carlo Hintermann). Jealous rival Countess Lina (Angela Lansbury) endangers this union by threatening to tell all about Olympia and Foster. A cute, continental plot twist brings this harmless confection to a close. Maurice Chevalier dispenses his usual all-knowing glances and sly smiles as Olympia's understanding father. A Breath of Scandal was directed by Michael Curtiz, who uncharacteristically allows the pace to lag at crucial junctures.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A Breath of Scandal is a curiously sodden affair. That's always lamentable, but especially so when discussing the kind of entertainment that is intended to be fluffy and lighter than air. This kind of whimsical, delicate material has to be treated with exactly the perfect touch; otherwise, the whole enterprise sinks, and that's the case here. Is the fault with Michael Curtiz, whose direction is very far from his considerable best here? Certainly Curtiz seems surprisingly at sea here. The dynamics of scenes are curiously skewed, the all-important atmosphere is scattershot, the airiness that is so crucial is instead leaden. But the casting is also to blame. Sophia Loren is heavenly to look at. Her beauty is radiant and she is clothed in outfits that accentuate every minute asset that she has to offer. But she doesn't seem to understand the character she plays and offers an unfortunately dull interpretation. Even worse is John Gavin, handsome as can be but wooden from top to bottom. Maurice Chevalier and Isabel Jeans try hard, and they do have some very good moments, but those moments are isolated instances. Only Angela Lansbury really delivers the necessary goods from start to finish. The film does look impressive, with sumptuous costumes and gorgeous cinematography that captures some stunning settings. But it's not enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
UPC:
0097360600643
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English mono; English subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sophia Loren Princess Olympia
Maurice Chevalier Prince Philip
John Gavin Charlie Foster
Angela Lansbury Countess Lina
Milly Vitale Can-Can Dancer
Roberto Risso Aide
Isabel Jeans Princess Eugenie
Tullio Carminatti Albert
Carlo Hintermann Prince Ruprecht
Adrienne Gessner Amelia
Friedrich Ledebur Count Sandor
Frederick Von Ledenburg Count Sandor
Waveney Lee Actor
Walter Varndal Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Gene Allen Art Director
Ella Bei Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Bernstein Screenwriter
Alessandro Cicognini Score Composer
Marcello Girosi Producer
Sidney Howard Screenwriter
Knize Costumes/Costume Designer
Mario Montuori Cinematographer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Carlo Ponti Producer
Howard A. Smith Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Banished and Bored [6:21]
2. Royal Pains [4:01]
3. The Hunting Lodge [4:27]
4. Sleeping Arrangements [5:55]
5. Morning Revelations [3:38]
6. Return to Vienna [7:17]
7. The American Arrives [3:12]
8. Engagement Party [5:08]
9. Shall We Dance? [6:03]
10. The Grand Cup [5:19]
11. Hiding in Public [10:09]
12. The Execution [6:43]
13. Lying Gallantly [7:13]
14. One Weekend Together [7:13]
15. Sweet Lovely Pride [4:51]
16. Quick Recovery [2:14]
17. His Majesty's Palace [3:28]
18. The Family Secret [4:19]

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