As something of an Audrey Hepburn aficionado, I’ve seen all of her movies. Unfortunately, Love in the Afternoon doesn’t rank on my favourites list. I find it boring and mis-matched, chemistry-wise.
That being said, I find Gary Cooper to be a great actor (today is Gary Cooper Day on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars) — he won two Oscars over his career, for Sergeant York and High Noon. He turned down the role of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind because he was convinced the movie would flop and whoever took the role would fall flat on his face.
So even though I’m not a fan of Love in the Afternoon, I have to say that this movie contains one of the most memorable exchanges in any Audrey Hepburn film: when Audrey’s character is hiding underneath the desk and she lists all of her physical flaws, Gary Cooper’s character replies, “Maybe so, but I love the way it all comes together.”
Love in the Afternoon is on this afternoon — I’d recommend watching it for Aud and Gary, and Maurice Chevalier as Audrey’s father, and for Billy Wilder, who directed it. It’s set entirely in Paris, features a Givenchy wardrobe, and a lot of cute but implausible scenarios.