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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Unrated | | Drama | May 1954 (USA)
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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her ... See full summary »

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Principessa
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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her boss's home who invites her to fly to Venice in his private plane. Frances, who has been in Rome for 15 years as the secretary of a successful American writer who talks a lot like George Bernard Shaw and is just as elusive as Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," tells her at first to say "no" and then decides that together they can handle the man nicknamed the predatory prince. Coins tossed in the Trevi Fountain can indeed work magic. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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You've Never Lived Until You've Loved in Rome!

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Drei Münzen im Brunnen  »

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The first motion picture filmed in CinemaScope outside of the United States. Prior to beginning principal shooting, 20th Century-Fox studio execs warned producer Sol C. Siegel and director Jean Negulesco that they would have a difficult time with the new film format away from the controlled settings of the studio. Siegel and Negulesco solved this dilemma by simply taking the studio's entire technical crew along to Rome. See more »

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At the beginning of the final scene at the Trevi fountain, the fountain is dry and being cleaned. While the actors are there, the fountain begins flowing again. However, when the actors leave, the fountain is completely full, not a possibility given the size of the fountain and the period of time over which the scene occurs. See more »

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Woman at Cocktail Party: My husband declares that I was simply born to be a writer. He says if anyone just took a pencil and followed me around, they'd have a novel.
John Frederick Shadwell: My dear lady, I should be delighted to get behind you with a pencil.
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Three Coins in the Fountain
(1954)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Sung by Frank Sinatra (uncredited) during the opening credits
Sung also by an unseen chorus at the end
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An overproduced romantic melodrama produced at a time when Hollywood was ripe with them.
28 April 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This routinely structured story of women abroad finding romance with foreigners is noteworthy only for the added value that CinemaScope and stereophonic sound were able to provide mid-century audiences. It's all too trite, particularly in an era in American films where directors like Douglas Sirk and Vincente Minnelli were creating masterpieces of the genre. A terrifically romantic view of the Eternal City, though!


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