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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Audrey Hepburn is as charming as ever but this Lubitsch homage lacks the pace, momentum and narrative clarity that defined 'his touch'. Still, there are moments of invaluable cinematic panache that only Wilder could have pulled off.
gritty amalgamation of the naughtiest bearings of lubitsch and hitchcock. it's brilliant how audrey finds a mother figure in her father's "library" and how muted and abstract the symbolism can be. i'm stunned wilder's career survived such brazen indecency.
I can't help it, but Cooper gave me the creeps. He's usually very charming and his early work is wonderful, but here his pairing with the young and cutesy Audrey (not a fan of her) smells fishy. Wilder also seems to have trouble with the narrative and pacing here, but otherwise this is an entertaining homage to Lubitsch during its brighter moments. It's a shame Wilder was forced to add the voice-over to the end.