Sabrina 1954Hepburn - Audrey - SabrinaSabrinaHumphrey Bogart - 1954 - Sabrina Audrey Hepburn SabrinaAudrey Hepburn on Set Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 7Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 8

Sabrina, 1954

Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 1Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 3Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 4Sabrina 1954 - Audrey Hepburn - 9

More Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, from the pre-suicide scene in Sabrina, 1954.

Directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder, Samuel Taylor and Ernest Lehman. Based on the play by Samuel Taylor.

Billy Wilder's Sabrina from 1954 is a satirical look at high finance and the ways of the rich, plus the amazing effects a sojourn in France can have upon a person, regardless of their social class (and the unexpected affection of humans which blur the lines between the moneyed and un-moneyed parts of society).

The bite in Wilder's screenplay is lessoned and smoothed out for the remake of 1995, where Harrison Ford took over the Bogart role as billionaire Linus Larrabee (Linus was only a millionaire in the '54 version). Greg Kinnear is a more likeable, self-deprecating version David Larrabee than William Holden's version from earlier, and the role of Sabrina is significantly altered from the slightly pathetic (Audrey Hepburn's) to the geeky and socially awkward (Julia Ormond's version). Both characterizations end with Sabrina triumphant, though, as both possess honesty and clarity, something lacking in all of the characters around them.

Bogart supposedly was unhappy with Sabrina because he felt he was simply too old to be playing the role he was contracted for. But his Linus Larrabee doesn't just ignore his sizeable age difference to the youthful Sabrina, the Wilder script has him commenting wryly, as he tries to find something in his wardrobe which isn't Wall Street, only to discover his university outfit from an age gone by, so Bogart quips "Joe College, with a touch of arthritis."


Original Page Jan 2015


What's Recent


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - My Life : Sophia Loren - Book


Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
Brigitte Bardot Life in Fashion

Brigitte Bardot: My Life in Fashion - 256 Pages - amazon


Harlow in Hollywood

Amazon: Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937