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A Breath of Scandal
A Breath of Scandal
Actors: Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin, Angela Lansbury, Isabel Jeans
Director: Michael Curtiz
Genres: Comedy, Drama
NR     2005     1hr 37min

In A BREATH OF SCANDAL, Austrian Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren) is exiled from her familial estate for "scandalous indiscretions." Later, she turns her attentions to a handsome American stranger (John Gavin) and finds tha...  more »

     
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Actors: Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin, Angela Lansbury, Isabel Jeans
Director: Michael Curtiz
Creators: Carlo Ponti, Marcello Girosi, Ferenc Molnár, Karl Schneider, Ring Lardner Jr., Sidney Howard, Walter Bernstein
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/12/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Slow pace but worth it!
Elie Mamieh | BAYSIDE, NY United States | 04/02/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The movie is quite good if you give it a chance. It actually starts on a very slow pace and one gets the impression that the movie is not very developped. But things pick up as you go along. Maurice Chevalier's remarks are humorous and charming. Olympia's estate has great decor and wonderful furniture. I happen to love John Gavin, and I think he is a good actor. Angela Lansbury does her best to intimidate, but we still love her. She's priceless. And as for Sophia... you have got to watch..."
... that's all it takes
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 05/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"American democracy falls in love with Austrian aristrocracy in "Breath of Scandal," one of Sophia Loren's lesser-known movies. The frothy Hollywood movie takes a look at aristocratic attitudes and class differences, and Loren does a magnificent job with her snobby character.

In 1907, Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren) was banished to her late husband's country manor, after a scandal in Vienna. But while horseback riding, she is knocked off by Charlie Foster (John Gavin), and decides to seduce the sexy American. She ends up passing out, and wakes up the next morning thinking that she and Foster were intimate.

After the emperor forgives her for the scandal, Olympia is to return to Vienna -- for an arranged marriage to a stuffy Prussian prince. But a hint of scandal could derail the whole thing. The problem is that Charlie has also arrived in Vienna to see Olympia's father (Maurice Chevalier), and the prince's spurned mistress (Angela Lansbury) is looking for dirt on Olympia.

"Breath of Scandal" is not a heavy period romance, but then, it never tries to be. You know how it will end, and the fun is watching the drama and frothy romance unfold in the middle of beautiful Vienna, ancestral mansions and royal balls. The subplots rely heavily on European/American viewpoints on love and marriage, but that's about as deep as the movie ever gets.

Director Michael Curtiz was at his best with frothy comedy. And in this film, he did a good job with scenes like Charlie administering first aid while reading from the book, and sharp, light dialogue. What's more, scenes that could have been chokinglt sentimental (like Chevalier's "confession" near the end) manage to be touching instead. The biggest obvious problem in this movie is that Loren looks nothing like either of her screen parents.

Of course, the funny dialogue would fall flat if the actors were bad. Their romance is pretty lightweight, but Loren and Gavin do have some good chemistry as the sultry princess on the hunt for gorgeous men, and a good-boy American who "isn't that kind of man." Nice to see some gender role-reversal in an old movie. Also delightful are Lansbury as the devious ex-mistress and Chevalier for his usual cheery, charming role.

"A Breath of Scandal" is a lightweight romantic comedy, but is boosted up by excellent acting and some very funny dialogue. Charming."
A Breat of Scandal 1960
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 04/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Its 1907 in Vienna , the "city of the Waltz" Beautiful Sophia Loren (1934- ) is the Austrial Princess who , despite her exile from the familiar estate for "Scandalous indiscretions" scorn her mother?s wish to marry a Prince . Instead she sets her sight on a handsome John Gavin (1931- ) a visiting American mining engineer who has garnered the approval of her father: Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) as well. Michael Curtiz (1886-1962) directs , and Angela Landsbury (1925- ) provide iey snap as a scheming countess . With the elaborade costmes and sumptous decor of Viennese sociaty , A BREAT OF SCANDAL is a breezy , charming and refreshing romantic comedy that sets Emperor Franz Josep (1830-1916) court abuz with unrestraining gossip ! . Made on location in Austria . Breataking scenes from beautiful Austria . Superb Digital trasfer in High Quality picture . Recommended"
A breath of scandal
F. Adams | iowa | 02/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A breath of scandal is an excellent movie.I looked for this movie in all the shops and could not find it. Amazon.com had it and I have been totally satisfied. Sophia Loren is excellent in this movie. It is refreshing to be able to see old movies and not have all the violence and sex that are in the movies today. Thank you for offering movies and especially old movies with class. Thank You. Freda"