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Love In The Afternoon (1957) Review


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Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder put together another Sabrina -- that is, a relatively staid romantic comedy where Hepburn fals for a much older American. It's over two hours of overwrought sentimentalism and terribly corny jokes, pegged to a hard-to-swallow love affair between Hepburn and an ancient Gary Cooper. Generally regarded as a classic, probably by people who haven't sat through it. Based on the book Ariane.

The Glass Bottom Boat Review


OK
In 1966, The Glass Bottom Boat found Doris Day in the final days of her career (she retired in 1968 at age 44), seen here wearing an ill-advised bob and carrying some lingering pregnancy fat in a procession of increasingly hideous outfits. Those who remember Day as the gossamer girl from Pillow Talk and its ilk will be downright shocked to see Day dressed up in all yellow and looking like a rotting banana.

I'm being a little cruel, yes, but Boat is a pretty thin picture anyway and it doesn't merit a whole lot of sympathy. The story involves a misunderstanding (imagine that!) wherein Day is mistaken for a spy. Eventually she plays the part (when she isn't busy romancing Rod Taylor), when she isn't stuck in compromising positions with Dom DeLuise and/or Paul Lynde.

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Love In The Afternoon Review


Good
Audrey Hepburn and Billy Wilder put together another Sabrina -- that is, a relatively staid romantic comedy where Hepburn fals for a much older American. It's over two hours of overwrought sentimentalism and terribly corny jokes, pegged to a hard-to-swallow love affair between Hepburn and an ancient Gary Cooper. Generally regarded as a classic, probably by people who haven't sat through it. Based on the book Ariane.

Midnight Cowboy Review


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Joe Buck (Jon Voight), in what may be the boldest and most naive move in movie history, heads from west Texas to New York City via bus, to strike it rich as a male prostitute. He encounters a diminutive con man named Ratso (Dustin Hoffman), who takes him under his wing as his "manager." Sadly, it soon becomes apparent that neither of these characters can take care of themselves, much less one another. Depressing and nearly hopeless, this classic and infamous film (originally X-rated in 1969, it still won Best Picture), Midnight Cowboy has analogues in countless films from later years, all the way through American Beauty. Highly recommended.
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