Monday, August 19, 2019

Summer Under the Stars Blogathon: Paris When It Sizzles (1964)


Funny Face wasn't the only Audrey Hepburn film I decided to watch today. I also decided to watch her 1964 film Paris When It Sizzles. It re-teams her with William Holden ten years after they firat appeared on screen together in Sabrina. Noel Coward, Tony Curtis, Gregoire Alsan, and Raymond Bussieres also have roles in the film. Marlene Dietrich makes an appearance as herself in the film and Mel Ferrer can be seen as a party guest as well. Frank Sinatra's voice can also be heard in this film as he sings part of the fake film's theme song. The movie title comes from a Cole Porter song called "I Love Paris." I have seen a few people talk about this movie and say great things about it, so I decided to watch it on the day TCM was honoring Audrey.

Audrey Hepburn in Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Producer Alexander Myerheim (Coward) has tasked veteran screen writer, Richard Benson (Holden) to write a new screenplay for him. Of course Richard waits until two days before it is due to start writing it. Gabrielle Simpson (Hepburn), a temp secretary arrives to type the script for Richard and discovers he has written none of it. Instead he had been water skiing and going to the casino the past nineteen week he was suppose to be working on the script. 

Richard, with Gabrielle's help begins to write the screenplay for "The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower." It gets steamer as their romance begins to unfold. But in the end Richard decides not to turn in the script he and Gabrielle came up with. Instead he runs off and confesses his love to her and decides to start writing a new and better screenplay. 

William Holden and Audrey Hepburn in a behind the scenes photo for Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

I have to admit I picked up this film because I wanted to see Holden and Hepburn on screen together again. And I have to admit they are a lovely on-screen pairing. They have an easy chemistry that I loved and it was great to see them in another film together. Audrey looked as beautiful as ever and of course Bill looked as handsome as ever. They were both beautiful and amazingly talented and I think this was a great vehicle for them to star in together.

But my favorite part of this film was any part Tony Curtis was in. He was amazing in this film and all his scenes had me cracking up. I just loved the way he tried to method act in this film and no one took him seriously or got his character's name wrong. Overall, I would suggest this film if anyone asked me about it and I am glad I took other people's suggestions and looked into this film.

This post was written for the Summer Under the Stars blogathon.

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