LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON REVIEWED
“Love in the Afternoon” is an odd Wilder film during his peak. Gary Cooper plays an aging playboy that puts the moves on a detective’s daughter. Audrey Hepburn continues a long streak of making older actors look better, but let’s break the film down a bit. It’s 2 hrs and 10 mins of a man learning that younger women have feelings too. The romantic aspirations lean a bit heavy on Lubitsch, but it never builds to anything important.
The film was a forgettable summer 1957 film that felt like Wilder finishing out a contract rather than making a quality film. Cooper and Hepburn turn in amazing performances, while Chevalier doesn’t seem to know he’s in a movie. If you know a young Francophile in your life, then they might eat this up. Otherwise, it feels like a trifle in the distinguished career of Wilder. Hell, this movies makes “Avanti” look competent.
At this time, I realize that I’m referencing deep cuts from an auteur who stopped making films in the early 70s. While our readership doesn’t skew that young, many of you email me with the same sentiment. The emails read, I have no idea what you’re talking about and use footnotes. To that, I say Google every big term I toss out. Education is power.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 mono