One of my favorite movies will always be Sabrina. And no, not the one where she’s a teenage witch- I’m talking about the romantic comedy that has two movie versions and a play!
I especially love comparing the different versions to each other, and the different aspects they each have! ❤
What’s it about??
Sabrina Fairchild is a chauffeur’s daughter who grew up with the wealthy Larrabee family. She always had unreciprocated feelings for David, the family’s younger son and playboy. But after returning from Paris, Sabrina has become a glamorous woman who gets David’s attention. His older, work-minded brother, Linus, thinks their courtship is bad for the family business and tries to break them up — but then he starts to fall for her too.
The play was titled ”Sabrina Fair’‘, and premiered in November of 1953.
And in 1954, the first movie adaption was made with Audrey Hepburn!
“Is a modern version of the Cinderella fable,” writes Atkinson, in the times.
In the 1954 one, Linus was played by Humphrey Bogart, and he played it very well! In this version Linus was a lot more conniving and even more of a liar. He was going to do and say whatever it took to get Sabrina away from David, even taking things a bit too far. Humphrey Bogart had to play a character that had given his life and morals to pursue more business and money, a character that was cold and lied to his brother and the woman he was slowly falling for.
As for Audrey’s role, she played the only daughter of the chauffeur who had been head-over-heels for David her entire life. She made Sabrina into a dreamer and a sweet character that was impossible for both the men to not love. The only thing I didn’t like, however, was how ditzy Sabrina was throughout the movie.
When she was going to leave for Paris, what did she do?
HINT: Something incredibly stupid!
When David was engaged (which she knew), but she was invited to a party with him, what did she do?
Nothing smart or reasonable, I can assure you!
While I do like old classical movies, especially in black and white like this one, 1954’s Sabrina was not my favorite.
Behold, the 1995 version with Harrison Ford as Linus, and Julia Ormond as Sabrina!!
*Now, this version- is my favorite!
While I liked both Audrey and Julia’s versions of Sabrina, one was a bit more intelligent and less out-of-it. That may have been something the writers decided to change, but either way Sabrina’s character and her flaws were much better in this one in my personal opinion.
A good classic romcom (romantic comedy), that features a girl finding herself in Paris and coming back home to find love again.
It’s one that I’ve watched thousands of times with my grandmother and my mother. Though while it’s a big hit to the women in my life, it’s a hidden gem apparently to a lot of others. They’ve only ever heard of Sabrina the Teenage Witch!
So if you’ve never heard of this chick flick, that has multiple adaptions, now you know and I hope you give it a try! 🙂
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Do you have any favorite chick flicks or films that are hidden gems? Please let me know so I can check them out!!
Have a lovely day!! ❤
~Snow White & the Seven Dwarves