A cello movie about the love affair that will be felt around the world.
Looking for something cello-related to escape from current events for a couple of hours? Love in the Afternoon is a witty, romantic, and light-hearted movie about a Parisian cello student that’s available for free on YouTube.*
Love in the Afternoon
Today’s cello movie is a 1957 American black-and-white film set in Paris: Love in the Afternoon. Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond wrote the screenplay, based on a 1920 novel, Ariane, jeune fille russe by Claude Anet. The movie trailer claims that this is the story of “The love affair that will be felt around the world.”
The main characters are:
- Audrey Hepburn as Ariane Chavasse, a French cello student at the conservatoire
- Gary Cooper as Frank Flanagan, a rich American playboy, and
- Maurice Chevalier as Claude Chavasse, a private investigator – and Ariane’s father.
Cellist Ariane to the Rescue
Ariane becomes worried about a man her father is investigating in a case of infidelity when an irate husband declares he will kill the man. So Ariane goes to warn the man, the notorious American playboy, Frank Flanagan.
We won’t give away the rest of the plot, but we will say that while the cello is not essential to the story, it – and its case – is featured frequently in the film.
Danger! Danger! Don’t do that to your poor cello!
We enjoyed this light-hearted film but occasionally cringed at how Ariane treats her poor cello, particularly in how and where she places it in various resting positions and how she transports it. Nevertheless, the cello appears to be a decent one – more than a prop, especially compared to the cello used in the movie The Living Daylights.
Our favorite scene where we felt the cello was at risk was the car journey from the conservatoire to the Ritz. The cello traveled in the front seat of Ariane’s friend’s car, leaning on its bridge, with its head and neck protruding from the sunroof!
We all have friends who don’t understand how to carry cellos. Ariane’s friend Michel is one – but she lets him take it anyway. Poor cello!
Where to Find the Film
Here is the full movie on YouTube:
We hope you enjoy this light-hearted, two-hour reprieve from the real world.
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