Thursday, August 5, 2010

just us two

Billy Wilder and his writing partner I.A.L. Diamond were a dream team. they could be tender and tough or they could be terribly funny as in this exchange from 1957's 'love in the afternoon':

"Ariane Chavasse: They're very odd people, you know. When they're young, they have their teeth straightened, their tonsils taken out and gallons of vitamins pumped into them. Something happens to their insides! They become immunized, mechanized, air-conditioned and hydromatic. I'm not even sure whether he has a heart.

Michel: What is he? A creature from outer space?

Ariane Chavasse: No. He's an American."

a tall drink of water meets a classy gamine. you can't lose.

images: photograph by willy ronis/ gary cooper and audrey hepburn

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