Rewatched and Reconsidered: Sabrina (1954)

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Sabrina is one of a few films that continue to benefit from Audrey Hepburn’s ongoing popularity. There are a few “classes” of classic film – ones that everyone knows like The Wizard of Oz, ones that are loved by die-hard classic aficionados, and ones like Sabrina that find an appreciative modern audience of people who are open to classic films but aren’t necessarily big film buffs in general. These people gravitate toward Audrey Hepburn as a style icon, and certain films of hers (especially this one, Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade and My Fair Lady) stay perennially popular because they highlight her effortless style, effervescent screen presence, and ineffable wide-eyed innocence.

Perhaps my own struggles with loving Sabrina stem in part as a personal backlash against its popularity, the assumption of certain classic film watchers that it’s a great and classic film.

Karina Longworth has a great podcast called You Must Remember This, an exploration of stories from classic Hollywood, and she has an episode devoted to Audrey Hepburn and specifically the making of Sabrina – what it meant for Hepburn’s career, how it solidified her style (it was her first time wearing Givenchy, whose Parisian couture became inextricably linked to Hepburn for the rest of her career), and how it really established her career and her persona. I suspect that has a lot to do with its endurance in the popular imagination. Those aren’t the things that bother me in the film, either.

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Cinecast Episode 298 – An Unorthodox Fishing Method

 
Watch List! Watch List! Watch List! Andrew, Kurt & Matt get together to talk a wide gamut of film watching: John Dies at the End, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Proposition, Dazed & Confused, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, and several more. The show has long tangents on the career of Don Coscarelli, Stephen Baldwin’s sordid resume and the Justice system from Damien Echols to Jeffrey MacDonald to Matt’s Uncle.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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