Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
In 1930, in Belgium, Gabrielle van der Mal is the stubborn daughter of the prominent surgeon Dr. Pascin Van Der Mal that decides to leave her the upper-class family to enter to a convent, ... See full summary »
Joanna is in a touring girl's choir and Mark is a struggling architect. when they first meet on the road in Europe. The film follows their life together --- through courtship and marriage, infidelity and parenthood --- all on the road in a variety of cars through a score of time-shifting vignettes. Written by
Audrey Hepburn was afraid of water, so the scene in which Mark throws Joanna into the water had to be done with some divers standing just barely outside the camera range. One take was ruined because the diver jumped in too save Audrey too quickly. See more »
When Mark and Joanna are riding away in the concrete pipe, you can clearly see that the truck carrying them has a large set of wheels as the furthest back portion of the truck, which would make it difficult for them to just jump out. But when they cut to the scene where they are jumping out, the large set of wheels is gone. See more »
I don't ordinarily post comments, but this film, which I saw on DVD, touched me deeply and I wanted to share my thoughts. Its haunting melody and superb acting literally brought me to the verge of tears. Audrey Hepburn never looked so fetching. Mancini's soundtrack beautifully complements the film's bittersweet story and continues to reverberate in my mind. I was enraptured from start to finish. This is a true classic, as meaningful today as it was when it first appeared. One of the best, most memorable, and moving films I have ever seen. The director knows how to tug at one's heartstrings. This is a movie to be cherished. Share it with the one you love.
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