Today I have a classic for you. Directed by Billy Wilder in 1957, Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper are the shining stars in this romantic comedy.
Young Ariane overhears a telephone conversation her father, a private detective, has with one of his clients. He suspects his wife to have an affair with Frank Flannagan, a notorious playboy and wants proof. The young girl gets mixed up and decides to warn Flannagan, and maybe, just for once, the player gets played…
As you know, Audrey Hepburn is one of my all-time favourite actresses. In Love in the Afternoon she is just as lovely and charming (and maybe a little bit naive) as always. But what bothers me about this film is her chemistry with Gary Cooper: there is none. As lovers the two simply don’t work out on no level whatsoever. Unfortunately this awful match destroys the entire film, as the basic line is the love-story between them.
Don’t get me wrong, this is still a cute little flick, but I’m used to far better stuff from both Hepburn and Cooper.
However, there are three things to look forward to when you decide to check out this film: Maurice Chevalier, who plays Hepburn’s father, is a silver lining in this film. Moreover, the funny elements of the film work out just perfectly. So, despite the rather miss-matched love story, you still get a nice comedy that will make you laugh. And finally: the music. The songs that were composed for this movie are absolutely wonderful. Considering that music plays a rather important part in the story, I have to say it matches!
This is definitely not my favourite Audrey Hepburn movie, as the on-screen chemistry with Gary Cooper is basically non-existent. But if you forget about the romance part and enjoy the comedy, you will enjoy this film!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments what you think!