Nicole's father, a legendary art collector, lends his prized Cellini Venus to a prestigious Paris museum. Unfortunately, the Venus was *not* sculpted by Cellini but by Nicole's grandfather. (Her father is a forger as well, but his specialty is paintings.) Before tests can be done which would prove the Venus a fake, Nicole enlists the services of "society burglar" Simon Demott to steal the million dollar statue.Written by
Walter Matthau was the first choice for the Eli Wallach part but was looking for $200,000 so they went with the less expensive George C. Scott. Scott had been on the set a few weeks before shooting began. However on his first day of shooting, he didn't turn up until after lunch, and director William Wyler took the decision to fire him. He was already finding it difficult to handle two heavy drinkers, Peter O'Toole and Hugh Griffith, and the prospect of a third one was just too overwhelming. On hearing of Scott's removal from the production, Audrey Hepburn became quite inconsolable. See more »
Just after the Cellini Venus has been collected from M. Bonnet's Parisian mansion, Nicole and her father move to the salon and are discussing the tests to detect forgeries and M. Bonnet says to Nicole "the basic trouble with you is that you're honest". As he leans over to her on the sofa, the cigarette he is holding changes from his right hand to his left hand. See more »
Superb mix of comedy, farce, charm, Audrey and O'Toole.
This film is a superb mix of farce, comedy, suspense and charm.
About he last one, lots of charm, arranged by Givenchy gowns and Audrey Hepburn herself. With good romantic and ironic dialogs and also surprisingly very good comedian Peter O'Toole all the time. All the time he pretends a serious role, but he is the highest responsible for the farce and the comedy, since the shot she hit him. Together with Hugh Griffith, these three hold the film giving to spectator the best of his time. >From the overture to the end, this film is an unique piece of good taste and the smoked love story is subtly conducted by William Wyler in the way of The Big Country - what proved that a nice love story can be told without the hot appeal of modern movies.
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