This weekend is the Maurice Chevalier double feature for local classic film buffs. "Gigi" and "Love in the Afternoon" -- I love both of these movies, though they deal with very adult themes in a very innocent way. "Love in the Afternoon" was a resounding flop in America. Even when director Billy Wilder was forced to add a Chevalier voiceover that Gary Cooper's character and Audrey Hepburn's character were married and living in New York.
Chevalier steals this movie -- but Gary Cooper is a bit hard to take at his age in this role. It's believable, but not necessarily romantic. The scenes in this movie are so beautiful. I love Billy Wilder's films. They really are an art form. He was one of the directors we studied in college.
So, Maurice Chevalier, do you get it?