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Three Coins In The Fountain
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The plot is quite conventional, standard soap opera fare. Three young and single American women are employed as secretaries in Rome. They are played by Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, and--as "the new kid on the block"--Maggie McNamara. Of course, all three find romance, not to mention ever-changing wardrobes and lavish living accommodations. In 1954, secretaries must have made a bundle in Italy ! For gorgeous and seductive Ms. Peters, romance comes in the form of a ruggedly handsome Italian law student, Rossano Brazzi ( later to have Mitzi Gaynor swooning in "South Pacific" ). Young, naive Ms. McNamara attracts the attention of an Italian prince with a womanizing reputation
( Louis Jourdan, a poster boy for charm and sophistication ). She has to wait for much of the film, but Ms. McGuire is finally "noticed" by her stuffy, self-absorbed boss and best-selling author ( Clifton Webb, very badly cast as a romantic lead ). These relationships go through various predictable complications, with the steamy Peters/Brazzi pairing as the most realistic.
However, at this point, we should mention the real star of this film--Italy. Has that country ever been photographed more beautifully than in "Three Coins" ? This is one of the earliest Cinemascope productions, shot on location in colour--the views of Rome, the Italian countryside, and spectacular Venice are breath-taking.Read more ›
This movie has a lot going for it after the opening song too, (unlike "Raintree County" for instance), so you'll be riveted to the screen. For starters, it's a wonderful travelogue of Rome, in glorious technicolor. And then, it boasts three of my favorite actors, none of whom ever gave a bad performance: Clifton Webb, Louis Jourdan, and Rosanno Brazzi.
These men each figure in a love story with one of three American secretaries living in Rome, respectively Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara, and Jean Peters. In Webb's case, he is McGuire's boss, and has been totally unaware of her real feelings these past ten years. Jourdan is a wealthy playboy used to preying on innocent young girls who's having the tables turned on him by the very predatory McNamara. And lovelorn Rosanno Brazzi--who always makes my pulse flutter--has been pining after Peters, but afraid to tell her of his love, since he believes her engaged to another. How these unlikely scenarios resolve themselves is a delight for the viewer. Take my advice on this one: If you want to be swept away some night by romantic escapism, "Three Coins in the Fountain" is your best bet.
You'll notice for example that first we get the story about Jean Peters and Rossanno Brazzi, and then that story kind of "peters" out and the middle section of the film is devoted to the lighthearted pursuit of Louis Jourdan by Maggie McNamara. Finally, bringing up the rear, Dorothy McGuire and Clifton Webb share an autumnal passion. It's almost as though for reasons of budget or convenience the film could have been made simultaneously in three large chunks, with the three girls being spotted together only in a few places. (And all the main characters seem to meet only at the very end.)
I have often wondered if Arthur Laurents and Sondheim and Bernstein caught a showing of this 1954 film while working, perhaps, on WEST SIDE STORY? It's funny that two of the girls here are called Maria and Anita. I always expect them to burst into song with a "BOY LIKE THAT" duet.
Jean Peters is so sexy in this movie. She really makes you believe she'd throw away everything respectable to pursue her Latin lover. She is like a real-life D H Lawrence heroine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely breath taking shots and great acting make this movie a *5* star rating!Published 1 month ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
great movie ill never get tired od watching it ive watched it over and over great acting filmed in romePublished 2 months ago by Margaret Chase
I bought this for my 95 year old Mother for Mother's Day.Published 3 months ago by Karen A. Welborn
I saw this movies years ago and enjoyed it. Thanks for sending it so quickly and so well wrapped. Thanks.Published 4 months ago by Anita Weston
The streaming was very good.
The movie not so much. It was entertaining to watch the well thought out plan of the secretary going after the playboy, but the rest of the story... Read more
We watch this old movie at least once a year. If you are into romance, there is a young couple, a middle aged couple, and an older couple who all have difficulties they have to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barb in Alabama