Struggling artist fakes his own death so his works will increase in value.



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Painter Paul Sloan feels he's a failure, since nobody will buy his paintings. His art dealer informs him, that the works of an artist become much more wanted and valuable if the artist is dead. Therefore, Paul, together with his friend Casey Barnett, plans to fake his own suicide. However, it starts looking like Casey has murdered Paul and when Casey starts making a move for Paul's fiancée, he decides to get revenge. However, Paul falls in love with Nikki, who has also tried to commit suicide. Written by Anders E Lundin

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Release Date:

8 July 1965 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

El arte de amar  »

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1.85 : 1
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According to Yves Boisset, who was an assistant to Norman Jewison and guided him in Paris, Jewison did not care about the Paris realism, about the settings which were shown as old fashioned cliches. See more »


Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »


Written by Cy Coleman and Don Raye
Performed by Ethel Merman
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A hoot and a stitch of a flick!!!Ultra-hilarious!!!
20 December 2000 | by (Gaithersburg, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Although I haven't seen this film in many years, it was so funny that 99% of it is still in my mind and I look forward to the day it is put on video-though I don't know why it isn't out now, as funny as it is. If you get a chance to see it-DO IT! You won't be sorry!!!

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