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In this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's best selling novel, Paula is a beautiful and highly successful 40-year-old businesswoman. She is deeply in love with Roger, her mature consort of five years. Roger is a very charming gallant who loves Paula but is too selfish to give up his freedom to be promiscuous. When Paula meets Phillip, the 24-year-old immature lawyer son of one of her rich clients, he falls hopelessly in love with the glamorous, sympathetic older woman and insists that the age difference will be no barrier to a romance. Paula resists the young man's persistent advances, but she finally succumbs when Roger initiates yet another affair with one of his young Maisies. An affair begins, and society does not approve. Written by
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One of the first scenes to be filmed called for Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins to share a passionate kiss. Bergman had found a similar situation while she was filming Gaslight (1944) extremely uncomfortable. In that film, she was forced to shoot an intimate and romantic scene with Charles Boyer on the first day of production, minutes after meeting the man. Bergman so disliked the experience of kissing a man she had just met on screen that she vowed never to do it again. When she was once again asked to film a romantic scene with a man she hardly knew for this film, Bergman took action. She asked Perkins to practice kissing her privately, in her dressing room, before their scene was filmed on camera. According to Bergman, Perkins obliged, and by the time they performed their scene in front of the camera neither actor found the scene uncomfortable. See more »
I do agree that the film was a little too long, but I still loved it. I had fully expected this film to end happily. I was heartbroken when it didn't come out the way I had pictured it. But, that's a good thing. The point of this movie isn't to show a picturesque life, it's to give a glimpse at what one could be like.
I liked some of the running themes in the movie. The "mask" theme was pretty easy to pick up on, yet it worked. The full circle the movie does from the beginning to the very end is great, too. But still, so sad. Worthy of a good cry.
The cast is all fine, but I believe Tony Perkins steals all his scenes. As Phillip, he does play many different parts. But he manages to be sincere in all of them. He did a splendid job, and I laughed heartily at many of his little "play-acting" bits. Tony proved in several movies that he is not Norman Bates; it's just a shame too few people realized it during his lifetime.
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