Paris - When It Sizzles (1964)
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Hepburn seems to have the magical touch when it comes to screen chemistry. I guess it's a true testament to her acting ability that she so effortlessly moves into the role as a romantic lead despite sharing the screen with so many different leading men. It's a rather crazy film and has no issue with poking fun at itself. As soon as Holden's character began laying out blank pieces of paper on the floor while telling the story, I was surely hooked.
Magnificently, surprisingly cineliterate and a lot of madcap fun because of it.
Paris When It Sizzles is a little known and under-appreciated Audrey Hepburn comedy in which she plays typist and muse to William Holden's playboy screenwriter who must come up with a script in less than two days, but is more concerned with seducing her. It's a send-up of movies in general, of movies of this era in particular, and of Hepburn's own films on occasion, filled with meta-text that's especially fun for cinephiles. Holden is surprisingly funny as a complete narcissist, and since more than half the action is watching his movie unfold in flash-sideways, it's fun to hear his "voice" in every character's mouth, spewing his opinions about the story and about themselves. We get a sense early on that his formula is also that of the movie we're watching, and there's a certain joy in that back-and-forth, though the second act sometimes forgets itself, lampooning various movie genres and being silly for silliness' sake. But ultimately, it's a movie that knows it's a movie and has fun playing around with conventions, calling out cameos that then happen, and doubling back to call itself out when it deserves to be. And the chemistry between the romantic leads works too.
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