Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work — busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play — technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times.
Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but David hardly notices her — “doesn’t even know I exist” — until she goes away to Paris for two years, and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman.
Suddenly, she finds that she has captured David’s attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her.
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city’s largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. Wilder immediately realized his Jewish ancestry would cause problems, so he emigrated to Paris, then the US. Although he spoke no English when he arrived in Hollywood, Wilder was a fast learner, and thanks to contacts such as Peter Lorre (with whom he shared an apartment), he was able to break into American films. His partnership with Charles Brackett started in 1938 and the team was responsible for writing some of Hollywood’s classic comedies, including Ninotchka (1939) and Ball of Fire (1941). The partnership expanded into a producer-director one in 1942, with Brackett producing, and the two turned out such classics… read more
No poor girl was ever called democratic for marrying a rich man. This one is a bit gentler than Wilder's other movies, and it lacks the sense of urgency found in Ace in the Hole and The Apartment, but it's such a lovely work. It really is easy to fall in love with this movie.
There's a few cute moments here, but for the most part I kept wandering off into daydreams about alternate universe scenarios in which Sabrina did completely different things with her life instead of hanging out with these two douchebags. Bogey is just half-assing it the whole time, and turns what could have been a pretty charming romance into a snooze-fest. But Hepburn is crazy adorable so whatever.
I watched the 1995 remake, starring Harrison Ford, probably around ’96 or ’97, and remembered a very charming and light hearted romantic comedy. I was surprised to see Ford give such a dramatic turn… read review