Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Runtime: 130 minutes
Fairy-tale Paris doesn't get more enchanting than Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon, an ode to picnics on the grass and champagne at the Ritz. Audrey Hepburn (who had already made Sabrina with Wilder) is at her best as the inexperienced cellist with a fascination for millionaire American playboy Gary Cooper. Maurice Chevalier (who else?) is Hepburn's father, a private detective with ample evidence of Cooper's crowded history of l'amour. Alongside the sheen of the romance is Wilder's unerring sense of craftsmanship; watch how inanimate objects such as a liquor tray, a white carnation, or the little dog in the suite next door are developed into sublime running gags. The age difference between the two leads has often been questioned, but perhaps this is what gives the gossamer material the whiff of welcome melancholy. The final three minutes leave no doubt that Wilder hatched the best endings in Hollywood history. --Robert Horton
They're very odd people, you know. When they're young, they have their teeth straightened, their tonsils taken out and gallons of vitamins pumped into them. Something happens to their insides! They become immunized, mechanized, air-conditioned and hydromatic. I'm not even sure whether he has a heart.
What is he? A creature from outer space?
No. He's an American.
Please, monsieur, is the news good or bad?
That depends. Is this your wife?
It looks like her.
Then I regret to inform you that it looks bad.
Then there IS another man!
There is. And I regret to say that he looks good.
What does he export and what does he import?
Oh, he uh - he exports perfume and imports bananas. There's a fortune in it. Do you realize that for one bottle of perfume you get twelve bananas?
Twelve bananas for one bottle of - doesn't sound like such a hot deal to me.
It's a tiny bottle of perfume and very large bananas.
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