Love In the Afternoon (Region 1 DVD)

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She plays the cello. He plays the field She's coltishly young. He's worldly and mature Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane knows she's not like millionaire American playboy Frank Flanagan. But if she pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as he is, maybe the magic of I'amour will take hold May-December romance is in bloom when Billy Wilder directs and Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper meet for Love in the Afternoon. Laughs, Parisian settings, champagne elegance; Wilder, in his first collaboration with longtime co writer I.A.L. Diamond, delivers them all in a souffle light homage to his filmmaking idol Ernst Lubitsch, punctuating it by casting Lubitsch alumnus Maurice Chevalier, the cinema's ambassador of Gallic charm, who smoothly plays Ariane's detective father.

Product Details

Barcode
888574100025
Department
Movies & TV
Released
28 Oct 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region 1
Studio
Warner Archives
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Love in the Afternoon
Tagline
Love is a game any number can play... especially in the afternoon...
Release Year
1957
Running Time
130 min
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Romance / Vintage / Crime / Dramas
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$2.1 million
Revenue
$2 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
85%
The Movie DB
71%
Overview
Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as the worldly mature Frank Flannagan hoping that l’amour will take hold.
Synopsis
Another May-December romantic comedy from Wilder starring Audrey Hepburn, this one pairs her with Gary Cooper in the City of Lights. Ariane Chavasse (Hepburn) is the daughter of a private detective (Maurice Chevalier), who has been hired by Mr. X, (John McGiver), a suspicious husband, to find out who his wife (Lise Bourdin) is seeing on the side. When he discovers the woman in the grip of millionaire playboy Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper), he informs the predictably livid husband who loudly announces his intention to kill the interloper while Ariane is eavesdropping. She rushes off to warn Flannagan of his impending demise, which begins a series of afternoon meetings where she adopts the pose of a jaded lover and woman of the world. Intially amused by the ingenue's charade, the middle-aged roue gradually becomes interested in the young woman, and after she disappears, becomes obsessed with finding her. After he unwittingly tells the story to the girl's father in a steam room, the detective agrees to help Flannagan find her. Wilder's sophisticated romantic fable, shot in spectacular Parisian locations, including the Opera and the elegant Chateau de Vitry, is nearly stolen by Chevalier as the protective pere.
Notes
Cary Grant was Billy Wilder's first choice for Gary Cooper's role.

The film includes a brief appearance by Billy Wilder's wife, Audrey, as Cooper's date at the opera.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Region [unknown]
  • Note: Includes Theatrical Trailer
  • Widescreen - 1.85
Audio:
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
  • DTS HD Master Audio - English
  • Subtitles - English
Poster
Poster for Love in the Afternoon
Videos
Trailer
Billy Wilder - Love in the Afternoon (1957) Trailer
Cast & Crew
Director
Billy Wilder
Star
Audrey Hepburn / Maurice Chevalier / Gary Cooper / John McGiver / Van Doude
Co-Star
Lise Bourdin / Olga Valery / Jean Ozenne / Paul Bonifas / Moustache
Screenwriter
I. A. L. Diamond / Billy Wilder
Source Writer
Claude Anet / Author: Claude Anet
Composer
Franz Waxman
Producer
Billy Wilder
Director of Photography
William C. Mellor
Editor
Leonide Azar
Production Designer
Alexandre Trauner
Costume Designer
Hubert de Givenchy / Jay A. Morley
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound
"[T]he daydream texture gives a hallucinatory clarity to a scenario worthy of Bunuel's later films."
Nick James (1 Feb 2004, p.69)
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