This is a sweet, endearing film about two brilliant but precocious young teenagers in Paris. Lauren is an American girl (played by Diane Lane in her acting debut) and Daniel (Thelonius Bernard) is a film-loving Parisian boy. They meet on a movie set and fall in love quite innocently. However, when Lauren reveals that her family will soon return to America, the two decide to seal their love forever by sharing a kiss at sunset while floating in a gondola beneath the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. To get there they must enlist the aid of an aging pickpocket, played by Sir Laurence Olivier.
For all young-at-heart romantics, this classic celebration of innocent first love is a real treat. The film was directed by the late George Roy Hill, whose fourteen films included such classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. A Little Romance won an Oscar for George Delerue's beautiful soundtrack, and was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay. The DVD includes an interview with Diane Lane in which she reminisces about working with Hill and Olivier. Olivier paid Lane the highest compliment when he called her the next Grace Kelly.
Labels: comedy, filmmaking, Paris, romance, teenager
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NOTE: For another equally charming film, starring a grown-up Diane Lane, I highly recommend Indian Summer, a romantic comedy-drama about a group of adults who meet for a nostalgic twenty-year reunion at the summer camp they attended as teens - also starring Kimberly Williams, Elizabeth Perkins, Julie Warner, Bill Paxton, Vincent Spano and Alan Arkin.