Sabrina (1954) Directed by Billy Wilder
William Holden as David Larrabee and Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild

David: Oh, Sabrina, Sabrina. Where have you been all my life?
Sabrina: Right over the garage.

7 Responses to “Sabrina (1954)”

  1. my favorite Billy Wilder film

  2. Wow, that’s quite a bold declaration there Ari, but one I admire.

    I’d probably have Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity The Apartment, The Lost Weekend and Ace in the Hole ahead of it, but that’s hardly a revelatory position. SABRINA deserves far more attention and respect than it gets in some quarters. I do love the film too.

  3. 1. Sabrina 2. The Apartment 3. Sunset Blvd. 4. Ace in the Hole 5. Some Like it Hot

    those are my top 5.

    I also think Lost Weekend is very good. Double Indemnity is a classic. I also have a soft spot for One, Two, Three.

  4. Excellent top five if I may say so! I am the only person on the planet who isn’t a big fan of SOME LIKE IT HOT, but I am in hiding on that conviction for decades. I agree with you that ONE,TWO,THREE is very good and often underrated.

  5. I’m the reverse of Sam: I love “Some Like it Hot” and think “Sabrina” is kinda meh (I downright dislike the shrill pummelling of “One, Two, Three”). Perhaps I’m colored by Wilder’s overall filmography but I never really believed him when he was doing sentimental. (While I’m making enemies I’ll admit that I don’t care for “The Apartment” all that much either, as the centrail duo are such a pair of saps I find myself sympathizing with the MacMurray character.)

    “Ace in the Hole”, “Double Indemnity”, “Some Like It Hot” (Lemmon is much better in this film than “The Apartment”, “Sunset Blvd.” Those are the sorts of Wilder films I can sink my teeth into, as they’re less about courting jokes and sentiment and more about a more fully developed and sardonic worldview. The jokes often springing from an implication of “don’t worry, it can always get worse, and will…”

  6. “(While I’m making enemies I’ll admit that I don’t care for “The Apartment” all that much either, as the centrail duo are such a pair of saps I find myself sympathizing with the MacMurray character.)”

    LOL!!!!!!!!!! Love it Chuck!!!!!!!! At the end of the day I always say SUNSET BOULEVARD and DOUBLE INDEMNITY are the two irrefutable Wilder masterworks, but in recent years ACE IN THE HOLE has entered the pantheon. As to SOME LIKE IT HOT I do do acknowledge I need some serious shock therapy on that.

  7. I like Billy Wilder in cynical Double Indemnity/Sunset Boulevard most of all too, but its the cynical edge he brings to his fluffier pictures that makes them better than their ilk.

    1. Double Indemnity 2. Sunset Boulevard 3. Some Like it Hot After that, I just don’t know.

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