Love In The Afternoon (1957)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1957Allied Artists Productions, Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the novel Ariane, Jeune Fille Russe by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Golden Globe Awards 1957.

For some odd reason, filmmakers were under the distinct impression that  liked to get it on with old men. Humphrey Bogart (Sabrina), Cary Grant (Charade), Fred Astaire (Funny Face) and Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) were all long in the tooth when they got to have a crack at the (very) young lady, and Love In The Afternoon features probably the very worst example of them all.  While Hepburn has been made to look her most girlish,  as her love interest looks like he’s about seven hundred and fifty years old. Thankfully, the only other old man in the film () plays her father and therefore can’t possibly want her for anything else (we hope), eliminating Cooper’s competition completely. Hepburn plays a young ingenue living in Paris whose detective father is hired to look into the shady love life of an American entrepreneuer (Cooper). During the course of the investigation, she becomes smitten with him (and still her father doesn’t mind that she’s dating a man older than him). A minor Billy Wilder classic, but beautiful to look at (except for all the wrinkles).

6 thoughts on “Love In The Afternoon (1957)

        • Yes, because in that one they acknowledge the age difference, it makes it so much more palatable. Plus, he’s Cary Grant, who is acceptable at any age (as opposed to Fred Astaire, who was only ever a lover in theory even when he was young).

          • And actually, Cary Grant was nervous about the difference until the writers agreed that she would pursue him, and then he was cool with it. Sub-fun fact, when they first met, AH was so excited that she reached out to shake his hand and spilled a whole heap of wine on him, and they make a joke about it in the movie

  1. I enjoy this film, but I really wish the male lead had been someone other than Gary Cooper. I get that Billy WIlder was trying to pay homage to Ernst Lubitch so he used one of Lubitch’s regulars, but Gary Cooper seemed to be about 102 in this. Even though there was still a large age difference, I wish Cary Grant had accepted the role. I think I could accept him as the notorious playboy more than Gary Cooper.

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