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Classic of the Week: Sabrina (1954)


Sabrina is a 1954 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Billy Wilder. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. The film follows Sabrina Fairchild, the young daughter of Larrabee family’s chauffeur, Thomas, who has been in love with David Larrabee all her life. David has been divorced three times and is playboy, who has never paid attention to Sabrina because she was still very much a child to him. After returning home from Paris, Linus, David’s older brother takes interest in her and soon David does too after finding her much more grown up being away. After seeing David trying to seduce yet another woman, Sabrina becomes upset and writes a suicide note for her father, starts every car in the garage, to kill herself, but is stopped by Linus and taken back her place above the garage in one scene.

This film is filled with humor, romance and drama. Sabrina loves David though he is a womanizer, she sees him as more. He has mostly ignored her, calling her a child. After she comes back from Paris for culinary school, she is much more mature and David takes notice, as does his brother Linus, who runs the family business and hoping for David to merry heiress for an important merger to happen. Both brothers fight over Sabrina, until Sabrina falls in love with one of them and the other finds another lady to marry.

This film is also heartwarming, heartbreaking at times and dramatic when it needs to be. It has the right amount of all this. A girl becomes a lady and suddenly men are swooning for her, because at first she is seen as immature. Linus pretends to accompany Sabrina back to Paris but not join her, Sabrina agrees to leave the next day never come come. Eventually she does when she realizes who she is in love with and doesn’t like the thought of being without him.

Audrey Hepburn is fantastic in this movie (at 24 years of age), William Holden, despite being 35 years old and Humphrey Bogart, 53, they are equally outstanding. The three of them, despite the age differences, were absolutely perfect together, bringing both drama and passion, making it not too mushy gushy, cheesy, or theatrical like many romantic comedy dramas, old and new or newer.

This is a wonderful film from start to finish. There is no sex or nudity, just some mild kissing. There is mild violence and an attempted suicide, no profanity, some drinking and smoking and some mild sexual innuendo and flirtation, but nothing over the top. This film would be better suited to teenagers then young children, who might find the fighting frightening. This a film with heart and depth, masterpiece throughout and not a single moment is dull. The dresses Audrey wears are absolutely beautiful, the story is great, the acting is superb, the cinematography is stunning. Everything about this movie is one hundred percent perfect. I lovely work of art that demands to be seen at least once your life. 13+ 5/5

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