Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Horst Buchholz, Charles Boyer, Georgette Anys
Director: Joshua Logan
Summary: Two lifelong friends are in love with each other, but the boy’s ambitions for a freer life threaten their romance
Other Nominations: Actor (Boyer), Dramatic/Comedy Score, Color Cinematography, Film Editing
-With one notable exception, the performances are great across the board although I’m surprised that Boyer, as good as he is, was the sole nominee and for Best Actor despite being the least important of the 3 main male characters to the plot. Caron and Chevalier both got Golden Globe nominations for Actress and Actor in a Drama, and I’m surprised they were snubbed here. This is easily Caron’s best performance of the three movies I’ve seen her in, and Chevalier gives his most emotionally sensitive performance, something he’s not really known for.
-The entire movie is shot on location in Marseille and you really get the full feel of this being set in France, much more than you did with Gigi. This is aided by the excellent cinematography by Jack Cardiff (who directed Sons and Lovers last year), not only as to location shots, but as to some really creative and effective camerawork indoors as well.
-Horst Buchholz sucks and really weighs the whole movie down. His character is also totally unlikeable and unsympathetic, and reminds me of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, although he does make better decisions towards the end than that character did.
-The romance with Buchholz and Caron which is a significant aspect to the movie is pretty blah: they lack chemistry, we’re just told they have known each other their entire lives, nothing we actually see really establishes their strong feelings for one another. Overall, the romance aspect feels like an overdone melodrama in all the worst ways.
I liked this movie more than I expected to-I hadn’t heard of it before this project and it only has 1300 reviews on IMDB so I’m not alone. The performances and most of the characters are very good, although two of the major elements simply didn’t work at all for me. Still would recommend to certain people though.