I chanced upon this 1957 masterpiece while reading up on the Hepburn girl. I like calling her so because their is a kind of nubile innocence about her in all her films. Her elfin presence gives her a Cherubic air and when she talks it sounds like the childish prattle of a woman who is still a teenager. Her bob bounces around her sweet face, complementing her round slanted eyes and accentuating that ravishing jawline. Yes, I'm very fond of the cute Hepburn girl. Doubling my fascination for this woman is her fine British accent; she opens her mouth well and round when she talks, pronouncing each and every word like it should be. It's a joy listening to her prattle!
This piece of news is overheard by Ariane, who is instantly alarmed. She decides to save Flanagan as she is quite intrigued by this American playboy. In teh preceding scene, we see how she remarks about his height and his handsome demeanour, only to be told by her father that Flanagan is 'utterly no good'.
Ariane, too is infatuated and pulls one trick after another to not just fool Flanagan, she cleverly dupes her father every day to go meet Flanagan at his posh suite at 4 in the afternoon. While Claude thinks she has gone for her Cello classes, Ariane is busy igniting flames of passion in Flanagan's heart for her!
But young Ariane is hopelessly in love with the playboy and despite her attempts at projecting herself as this non-committal and grown up woman, Ariane deep inside has her heart churning for the love of Frank Flanagan. It's hilarious how she on the pretext of practicing Cello unfailingly reads up on the exploits of Flanagan. She carefully freezes the flower she took as a gift from the man in the icebox. She conveniently wears a fur coat (it belongs to a client of her father's) to evoke jealousy in Flanagan. She flaunts this coat and keeps reiterating to the Casanova that she received it as a gift from a paramour.
While many would consider Hepburn and Cooper a misfit as a couple, I say it is necessary for the plot. The story is about a young girl's fascination, infatuation and then love for a man who has been there and done that. It is with her innocence and resourcefulness that she makes this man fall in love with her. While Flanagan is too experienced to wear his heart on his sleeves, Ariane, the youngster that she is, makes it too evident that she is madly in love with this beautiful stranger. She feels jealous when he talks to another woman on the phone and cleverly draws him towards her. Little tricks that spell magic from the word go!!