Well, with Valentine’s Day almost here, of course, we need a good romantic comedy! So let’s dig into the 1957 movie Love In The Afternoon, starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn and Maurice Chevalier.
Audrey Hepburn is Ariane Cheavasse, the daughter of private detective Claude Chevasse (Maurice Chevalier). Much to his consternation, she enjoys reading his various case files, as he would prefer to keep her away from his work. However, she overhears him telling one of his clients that their wife was having an affair with rich playboy Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper), and that client decides he wants to shoot Frank!. Ariane gets to Frank’s hotel suite to prevent the shooting, thereby gaining Frank’s interest. She doesn’t reveal who she is, but she decides to pretend that she is more or less just like him, having had many lovers. Of course, he gets just a little jealous, as he starts to develop real feelings for her.
Of course, there are so many things that come to mind when I think of this movie. First, and foremost, I can’t help but think of the Gypsies, the four musicians that Gary Cooper’s Frank has hired to provide music to help his lady friends to get in the mood. They usually seem to end their time with the song “Fascination” (and on that note, I should mention, that, considering how much that song is heard in this movie, if you don’t like it, it will be that much harder for you to enjoy this movie). Another point I enjoy about this movie is Audrey Hepburn’s Ariane trying to make Frank Flanagan jealous, culminating in her recording a list of her “lovers” on his tape recorder. He listens to it, at first, with amusement, but as he listens to it multiple times, it increasingly gets under his skin (of course, all the while, I’m laughing my head off while I’m watching it)!
Up until this movie was released on Blu-ray in early 2017, I hadn’t really heard of it. However, at that time, I had been starting to watch some of Audrey Hepburn’s movies (beyond the one or two I had been watching for years), so when this one was announced (and coming from Warner Archive, with their reputation for well-done Blu-ray transfers), I had little hesitation in trying it out. Well, I firmly believe it was well-worth it, as this has become one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies! And I do admit, I enjoy the song “Fascination,” so I don’t mind the fact that it gets stuck in my head every time I watch this movie! While the movie has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, I do admit to enjoying watching it around the holiday as a romantic movie (or any other time of the year, for that matter)! So I do very heartily recommend this movie!
This movie is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Archive Collection, and is two hours, ten minutes in length.
My Rating: 10/10