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575 Ratings

Love in the Afternoon

Directed by Billy Wilder
United States, 1957
Comedy, Romance, Drama


Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

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Love in the Afternoon Directed by Billy Wilder

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1958 | Winner: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1958 | 3 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

It’s the first movie on which Wilder worked with the screenwriter I. A. L. Diamond, and the force of the collaboration shows; the writing has a coruscating wit that plays out more gracefully than did the scripts of Wilder’s earlier films, and Wilder’s direction expands and lingers more patiently than it ever had. It’s the first of Wilder’s later and greatest films.
November 30, 2010
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Wilder, whose camera is always judging, is here completely without judgment. The lovers are covered by a warm shadow, and the details of their skin and their clothing are tactile; exact, but not caricaturistic. It’s not that witty Billy is letting his guard down—it feels more like he realizes that here, his sarcastic stance is useless. This is something wit and cynicism can’t affect, and he lets the camera linger a little, before the next shot comes and the comedy resumes.
July 23, 2010
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