Paris When It Sizzles
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Richard Quine directs George Axelrod's acerbic script (adapted from Julien Duvivier's La Fête à Henriette) in this romantic comedy that reunites William Holden and Audrey Hepburn for the first time since 1954's Sabrina. Holden plays Richard Benson, a Hollywood screenwriter being pressured by movie producer Alexander Meyerheimer (Noël Coward) to finish his script entitled "The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower." Meyerheimer gives Richard a two-day ultimatum to complete his work, unaware that Richard has yet to even start on the script. In an effort to get moving on his project, Richard hires a live-in secretary, Gabrielle Simpson (Audrey Hepburn), to help him. Soon enough, the two fall in love and spend the time enacting various scenes from the unwritten screenplay as the time slips away and Richard's deadline looms.
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There are a lot of clever little almost insider jokes (he jumps in a cab and yell "follow that voiture!"), but again, it's mainly at the beginning and at the end. The rest is just painful.
Other than Audrey Hepburn's beauty and charm, this may have been the silliest movie I've ever seen in my life! Not particularly funny, although I did laugh at times, but slapstick kind of silly. Not usually my cup of tea. However, anything with Audrey Hepburn in it can't be bad.
There were a couple of side-comments about other Hepburn movies. They mentioned 'My Fair Lady' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and probably others, all done very mischievously--as if the viewer were 'in' on the joke.
The Givenchy clothes Audrey Hepburn wore were stunning! I kept wondering how we lost all of the elegance that (some) people had in the movies back when this was made.
This was a beautiful movie (Audrey Hepburn, locations, clothing), but a little too silly even for a lifelong Audrey Hepburn fan. I'm glad I watched it though. Somehow I had missed this one.
It rarely is aired and I have had William Holdens movies on auto-record for two years and it has never recorded this one so I finally broken down and bought it. And not regrets it will something to watch every July, if not more often.