I watched the '95 version of this movie (with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond) a few months back, and did not care for it. So I was eager to watch the older one, since I love Humphrey Bogart and I love Audrey Hepburn, and thought they would fit the parts beautifully.
Well, I loved this version. It was hysterical. Humphrey Bogart is heartrending in Casablanca; here, he is hilarious. I love his line: "I wish I was dead with my back broken."
Where I felt like the '95 remake was awkward, dragging, and uncomfortable, this version was witty, energetic, and lovely. This is partly because the 90's are just so not my thing. Unfortunately, I was born in the 90's. But I try to forget that. The 50's however... Basically, if anything is not from the 20th century, it should be from the 50's if at all possible. This version had me screaming, yes, screaming with laughter, and diving for the remote to rewind scenes over again.
Audrey Hepburn was born to be in this role--she is perfect as the day-dreaming, Cinderella-esque character. The elderly Duke who took her under his wing in Paris was much preferable to the creepy Frenchman who teaches her the ways of the world in the '95 version.
Sometimes when I'm feeling blue, I look at this picture, and laugh. Just look at that head. The comparison is almost unreal.
William Holden is appropriately charming and lazy and lame as David. If a little old. And, um, his chin was definitely not my favorite.
A lot of the popular photos of Audrey are publicity shots for this movie.
I think this is one of the loveliest of the many captures of Audrey Hepburn. What a beautiful lady she was.
Have you seen both versions, neither, or one? What did you think?