Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

RICHARD QUINE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1964.  Richard Quine Productions, George Axelrod Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the story La Fete a Henriette by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by George Axelrod, Richard Quine.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Silly little comedy about a blocked film writer (William Holden) whose new assistant (Audrey Hepburn) becomes his main inspiration.  They constantly come up with ridiculous little plots with which to pepper up his writing, and for our benefit the film actually plays all their imaginary scenarios out. In one of her few slapstick comedy roles, Hepburn absolutely shines, showing a new side to her wonderfully generous sense of humour. For that reason alone the film is worth watching, looking at her is entertainment enough, but there’s very little substance to be retained from the experience.

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