Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon

DVD - 1999
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Frank Flannegan, an American playboy infamous for his scandalous affairs is smitten by Arlane, the beautiful, innocent daughter of the worldly detective, hired by a man who believes that Frank is carrying on with his wife. Frank turns out to be no match for Arlane and they stumble through one of the funniest seductions

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SusyHendrix
Sep 04, 2018

I love Audrey Hepburn. I love Billy Wilder. Love in the Afternoon is the last of their two collaborations and also the lesser. It does share the same problem as Sabrina, where Hepburn is paired with a leading man who hasn't an ounce of chemistry with her, though at least in the earlier movie Linus Larrabee was a palatable character: a bit reserved and businesslike, but kind and gentle, ultimately worthy of the heroine. Gary Cooper's character is just a drunk jerk; there was nothing appealing about him and I never got why Arianne remained enamored of him even after his bad boy allure wore off.

There are some funny scenes and witty lines. Maurice Chevalier's supporting performance is entertaining. But the pacing lags and the love story isn't convincing, at least not to me.

And as the other commenters have mentioned, this disc skips A LOT. It was a miracle it played all the whole way through!

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 21, 2018

GOOD 1957 romantic comedy with terrific star performance by British actress Audrey Hepburn at age 26. I did enjoy the somewhat whacky plot, but the 'May-December' romance between young Ariane as played by Audrey and the much older Frank Flannagan as played by Gary Cooper didn't really work for me. There was quite a bit of fun plot especially with Ariane's detective father character.

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jfoxbooks
Oct 24, 2016

This movie grows on you. There is some pure slap stick but Audrey is so great in wonderful example of man chases women until he IS CAUGHT. great example of an intelligent comedy.

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SuzanneSisco
Mar 22, 2016

Absolutely loved this movie and Maurice Chevalier was excellent! The topic is not super family friendly, but the performances of Hepburn and Cooper are too hilarious to miss. :D

Veepea Sep 30, 2011

I'm glad the library got rid of it.

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ronlan
May 26, 2011

Whatever its virtues, this cassette simply does not work, not on our cassette player.

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