Lauren King (Diane Lane) is 13 years old, highly intelligent, and from an affluent family. She is an American girl living in Paris who spends her free time reading Heidegger. Daniel Michon (Thelonious Bernard) is 13 years old, highly intelligent, and from a poor family. He is a French boy who loves Hollywood films and who uses his talent with mathematics to make theoretical bets on horse races. When the two meet and fall in love, Lauren’s flirtatious mother (Sally Kellerman) fiercely objects, seeing him as a “filthy French boy” who is unsuitable for her daughter, and she tries to split the two up. Lauren and Daniel decide to run away to Venice in order to “kiss under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset while the bells toll”, which they have been told will mean that they will be in love forever. They are aided in this plan by Julius (Laurence Olivier), a kindly elderly gentleman and pickpocket. —Wikipedia
Former Marine pilot George Roy Hill began his career as an actor, debuting with Cyril Cusack’s company at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He scored a personal success in Strindberg’s “The Creditors” (1950) at the Cherry Lane Theatre, before concentrating on writing and directing for American TV in the 1950s. He scripted and acted in his first work for NBC’s “Kraft Television Theatre”, the autobiographical “My Brother’s Keeper” (1953), inspired by his pilot’s experience of being “talked down” by a ground controller, and “A Night to Remember” (also for “Kraft”), a drama about the sinking of the Titanic, earned him 1956 Emmy nominations as director and co-author. Hill scored a huge success in his Broadway directing debut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Look Homeward, Angel” (1957,) and made his feature film debut helming the adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play “Period of Adjustment” (1962), which he had directed on Broadway.
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reading heidegger at 13 and at the same time going to venice to kiss under the bridge of sighs? great combination! it`s almost like playing bach and shitting under the piano!