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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).

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

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

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It's scandalous! It's shocking! But oo-la-la, it's lovely! See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Version of Olimpia (1930) See more »

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A Breath of Scandal
Written by Robert Stolz and Al Stillman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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Rating - bantam weight
26 August 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This bantam weight of a comedy really has not much going for it. It is so light you could knock it down with a feather. I was so bored I decided to do some crossword puzzles while listening to the dialog and missed absolutely. Princess/Royalty Sophia is expelled from the court. She wants to marry a well to do royal but an indiscretion with an American visitor, the always bland for extremely good looking John Gavin - well, he's not really bland: He just speaks in a monotone way and doesn't vary his technique much - threatens to derail the impending nuptials. Poor second-billed Maurice Chevalier in a role he would play many time again as the cantankerous old matchmaker after perfecting it in Gigi dawdles through the movie singing sweet melodies that move absolutely no one. Wide Screen cinematography and Technicolor is exquisite and the costumes worn by Sophia define her figure to goddess like status. But when in a romantic comedy you are rapturing over the sets and costumes you know something is wrong. P.S. Poor Michael Curtiz!


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 March 1960 (Italy) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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