Wild Young Minds: Paris when it sizzles...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paris when it sizzles...

I've still not finished my fabulous Audrey Hepburn movie box. And as I was preparing to choose the next movie I was going to watch, one particularly catched my sight. 'Paris when it sizzles', a movie about Paris (my second favourite city in the world, as you can tell from my blog title) and about Audrey Hepburn. That must be perfection, right?

Well, as the very observant readers of my blog will probably know, Audrey Hepburn has a thing for movies which take place in Paris. In 'Funny Face' she was a model, who was going to Paris to do modelling jobs. And in 'Sabrina', she went to Paris to become a cook. When I think about it, Audrey Hepburn is much more Paris than American. Of course, she did New York fabulous as well in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (every girl must know the picture of Holly Golightly standing in front of Tiffany's with a sandwich in her hands), but she has the charm and elegance of France.

Anyway, in this cute and funny (but not extremely outstanding) movie, she played a sort of secretary, who was hired by the lazy writer Richard Benson (William Holden). Richard Benson is a real playboy and he goes on vacation 362 days per year. In those three days he isn't, he has to write a screenplay for his insisting producer. Gabrielle Simpson (Audrey Hepburn) has to type the script, that he makes up in those three days. So it's a movie within a movie. Brilliant idea, but the movie is very predictable. Richard and Gabrielle don't agree on much while writing the comical detective movie, but after many drinks and while the screenplay becomes more advanced, they begin to fall for each other...

Audrey Hepburn plays her darling way of playing. She's really fabulous, in every part. Another striking thing about this movie, is that only five actors (who really say something, of course there are a lot of extra's in the movie) have a part. The small part of Tony Curtis (from Marilyn Monroe's 'Some like it hot') is delightful, dare I say.

In short, if you love Paris and Audrey Hepburn, you ought to see this movie. It's sweet and cheerful, but not a real classic like the other Hepburn films I've seen.

1 comment:

  1. okay. One: She was eating a danish in BAT, not a sandwich. I can't help wondering if you have even seen the film. Two: Audrey wasn't an American at all. She was from Belgium, England, and the Netherlands (which you should know) . Three: Tony Curtis is a film legend. He doesn't need an identifier any more than miss Monroe would.