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A Breath of Scandal (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 16 March 1960 (Italy)
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Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren), despite her life status cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster (John Gavin).


Michael Curtiz


Walter Bernstein (adaptation), Sidney Howard (English translation of "Olympia") | 2 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Princess Olympia
Maurice Chevalier ... Prince Philip
John Gavin ... Charlie Foster
Angela Lansbury ... Countess Lina
Isabel Jeans ... Princess Eugénie
Tullio Carminati ... Albert
Milly Vitale ... Can-Can girl
Carlo Hintermann Carlo Hintermann ... Prince Ruprecht
Roberto Risso ... Aide de camp
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Count Sandor
Adrienne Gessner Adrienne Gessner ... Amelia
Luigi Cimara Luigi Cimara
Waveney Lee Waveney Lee ... Countess Theresa
Walter Varndal Walter Varndal


Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren), despite her life status cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster (John Gavin).

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Drama | Comedy | Romance


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Curiously, one of the fatal flaws of this film's box-office failure was its brilliant cast, particularly the suspension of disbelief required to buy Italian Sophia Loren as the daughter of Frenchman Maurice Chevalier and British Isabel Jeans - all the more challenging to believe when all three characters were supposed to be Austrian. See more »


Vehicles are seen driving on the right. The Austrians drove on the left until about 1933, well after the period of this story. See more »


Version of Olympia (1930) See more »


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picturesque Ruritanian rom-farce
31 October 2016 | by federovskySee all my reviews

I like Sophia Loren so much that I actually enjoyed this rigid, superficial international production (headed by Ponti) that seems to be trying to emulate - very unwisely - Max Ophuls.

A central European princess has a flirtatious encounter with an American businessman (John Gavin) in a hunting lodge. Drugged on medication she kicks her pyjama bottoms off in the night and on waking, finds a love note from him - placed on said pyjamas - thus setting off the motions of the scanty plot in which Gavin pursues her to Vienna like a pigeon on heat while she and her mother try to ward off the scandal-mongering attentions of Angela Lansbury.

There's not much to it and it's a bit repetitive. Gavin is wooden as a spoon, Loren's mother is unpleasantly shrill, and everything is smothered in rococo - plentiful scenes seem to have actually been filmed in Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Loren's elocution-lesson English is charming, though as always it seems to hamper her acting. Somehow Maurice Chevalier gets to slip in a song - I suppose there was no stopping him - but the banter between the old-word aristocrat and the progressive American is sometimes funny. Gavin asks what he should do with the cross he is awarded and is told: 'Wear it on state occasions'. Gavin says 'State occasions?' Really the film is an excuse to get Sophia and her natural pout into a number of lavish outfits to bosomy effect. That works.

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16 March 1960 (Italy) See more »

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Escándalos imperiales See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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