10 Audrey Hepburn Movies For Valentine's Day Cuddlin'!Feb 2, 2003 Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line Think of Audrey when choosing a video/DVD for V-Day...
Guys, if you want to make serious points with your sweetheart on Valentines Day, you will want to check out my following list of ten of her best, nine of which romance plays a wonderful part. If she loves comedy with romance, you couldnt find better selections. If drama or suspense, again look no further than Audrey Hepburn movies. She worked with many of the best, even legendary directors, writers and actors in the fifties and sixties who were as honored to work with the Oscar winner, also many times nominated for Best Actress. Audrey set style like Jackie Kennedy did, was one of the most beautiful women and top movie stars of last century (even in black and white), and served as Special Ambassador for the United Nations UNICEF fund for impoverished children in Africa and Latin America.
Having a background of modeling and theater certainly gave her that elegant poise and delivery of character, but I believe it was natural feminine mystique that elevated her performances into exquisite love affairs with her adoring audience and there shall never be another Audrey Hepburn.
In order of theatrical release:
Roman Holiday (1953): William Wyler, director. Dalton Trumbo, story; Ian McLellan Hunter, screenplay. Audrey plays a delightful princess visiting Rome who hates her boring life and escapes only to find Gregory Peck, playing a reporter, and falls in love. Witty, fun, brilliant intensity without sex, perfect choice, guys! Audrey won an Oscar deservedly.
Sabrina (1954): Billy Wilder, director. Samuel A Taylor, play; Billy Wilder, screenplay. Audrey plays a sweet chauffeurs daughter in love with William Holden, a rich playboy, who finally catches his eye after a trip to Paris, but finds herself more drawn to Humphrey Bogart, the older, serious brother. Girls will love putting themselves in Audreys place and you guys will easily see yourselves in Bogart while envying him.
War and Peace (1956): King Vidor, director. Bridget Boland and Mario Camerini, screenwriters. In color by Jack Cardiff, 205 minutes. Audrey brings Leo Tolstoys tome to life in much abbreviated form, playing off of Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer and Vittorio Gassman in Russia during the early 1800s. Stunning battle scenes, period costumes and a fifteen-year tale seen mostly through Audreys young eyes. Not best choice for V-Day.
Funny Face (1957): Stanley Donen, director. Leonard Gershe, screenwriter. Audrey wants to meet the founder of emphaticalism in Paris, but has to model for charming Fred Astaire to do so. Gershwin music and Givenchy fashions lend added romance to the somewhat corny and sometimes hilarious romance. Paris at nightooh la la!
Love In The Afternoon (1957): Billy Wilder, director. Claude Anet, novel; I.A.L. Diamond, screenplay. Audrey finds herself once more attracted to a much older man, played with dry wit by Gary Cooper, and their differences charm each other as they will you. Her father, an endearing Maurice Chevalier, is also in this European love story.
The Nuns Story (1959): Fred Zinneman, director. Kathryn Hulme, novel; Robert Anderson, screenplay. Audrey, parting from her father (Dean Jagger), enters a nunnery and has her vows tested when she assists a handsome doctor (Peter Finch) in the West Indies. She is perfectly cast in this understated and inspirational film, which shows her more dramatic talent. It may be a better Easter choice, though.
Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961): Blake Edwards, director. Truman Capote, story; George Axelrod, screenplay. Audrey is a zany New York freespirit who loves to party and meet rich men, but she cant help but fall for her new neighbor, George Peppard, a poor wannabe writer. Edith Head won an Oscar for costuming; Mancinis Moon River sung by Audrey will guarantee you a slow dance; and its a blast watching it.
Charade (1963): Stanley Donen, director. Peter Stone and Marc Behm, screenplay. Audrey plays a rich widow who doesnt know where her dead husband hid his fortune, but several bad men thinks she knows and so she and love interest Cary Grant try to figure it out. She then starts mistrusting him and its a real thriller to the end. Walter Matthau is a conniving bad guy youll love as well as the romantic duo. Cary taking a shower with clothes on!
My Fair Lady (1964): George Cukor, director. George Bernard Shaw, play; Alan Jay Lerner, musical. Audrey plays a common flower girl of Paris who desires a better life and so implores Rex Harrison to teach her to speak proper English, which he does with little concern for her as a woman until she walks out. Songs are delicious like the chemistry!
Wait Until Dark (1967): Terence Young, director. Frederick Knott, play; Robert Howard- Carrington, screenplay. Audrey thrillingly plays a blind woman who must defend herself against her husbands murderers, who now look to her for the doll holding cocaine that is hidden in her apartment. This is a nail-biter with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna.
Audrey made a number of less popular movies in the seventies and eighties, notably Robin and Marian with Sean Connery, but the magic just wasnt there as it had been. Maybe her heart wasnt in it or the material was lacking or rather not suitable for an actress of her distinction. She died of colon cancer in 1993, but her shimmering mystique has never dimmed and never will.
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