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Would Have Worked Better With Someone Other Than Cooper,
This review is from: Love in the Afternoon (DVD)
Billy Wilder is incapable of making a bad movie and this has his typical skill--as well as the typical charm of Audrey Hepburn and Maurice Chevalier (as her father). The story, of an aging roue who sparks the infatuation of an innocent Parisian girl (Hepburn) who becomes more sophisticated and alluring in an effort to attract him.
It's charming...to a point. And kind of off-putting, too, due to Cooper not just -being- too old (Cary Grant made the age difference work in several films)--but really, [i]looking[/i] too old. He moves stiffly, has bags under his eyes and seems to have very little chemistry with Hepburn (while having to be leering at her--with a near-40 year age difference--something Grant wisely refused to do in Stanley Donen's movie).
Wilder tries to hide Cooper's age by often photographing him in the shadows, but it really doesn't help. And, although I realize they're the two big stars in the film, I always wish the ending changed--that Cooper leaves, true to form, and the "happy ending" is simply that she's older and wiser as she moves on to other, better, relationships.
I guess for someone who sees Cooper as charismatic and attractive here, this movie will still work. I just couldn't. For me, he had less sparkle, less "pizazz" than Chevalier, her father.
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Initial post: May 22, 2012 10:52:17 AM PDT
Reader Mom says:
Couldn't agree with you more! Great review. ZERO chemistry between creaky old Gary Cooper, who's as wooden as a dining room chair, and young, beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Felt sorry for her having to kiss that old grandpa, yucch! My daughter and I were both grossed out, and we love most Audrey movies. I've liked reading all the 3, 2, and 1-star reviews here on amazon, though!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 7:56:03 PM PDT
Robert Graves Jr says:
I thought that Cooper was nearing death, but he made his last film four years later, in 1961. The shadows didn't help much and I really sensed that he was ill and struggling through the movie. But High Noon is one of my favorite movies, and that's how I'll remember him!
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