Sabrina (1954) – Billy Wilder

The next, oh-so-enjoyable classic from DK Canada’s The Movie Book following the recommendation of Some Like It Hot as I delve deeper into the What Else to Watch list.

Audrey Hepburn plays the titular Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild (John Williams) who works for the wealthy Larabie family.  All of her life, she has been in love with the family’s youngest son, David (William Holden) since she can remember.

David, for his part, has taken no notice of her, ever.

Thomas sends her away to Pairs to finish her education, and get her away from David. When she returns, she is no longer the mousy girl she once was, she’s a sophisticated, intelligent, beautiful woman, and David can’t take his eyes off of her.

But the older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart) may be the better match for her, and perhaps they’ll find love together.

Wilder keeps the script, the dialogue and the picture moving along briskly, and despite the conflict that occurred behind the scenes with the leads (Bogart didn’t care for either of his co-stars and was upset he was Wilder’s second choice, though he definitely turns in one of his best performances), this one is a lot of fun.


It’s light-hearted, romantic, funny (has some sharp dialogue) and embodies Old Hollywood. It’s classy, smart and just a joy to watch.

As Linus works to keep David and Sabrina apart by spending time with her himself, he’s troubled to find that he’s falling in love with her; caring for someone again, something he hasn’t done in a long time.

The more time they spend together the more they begin to care for one another, but Linus isn’t willing to admit it until he’s finally pushed to it in a crowd-pleasing moment.

The film is a wonderful fantasy, and it makes for a perfect romantic evening in, as the strains of La Vie en Rose recur throughout the film, it conjures thoughts of Paris, love, evenings of dancing, smart-dressed characters, and a wonderful, surprising romance.

Holden is a delightful goof in his role as David, Hepburn is elegantly charming, and Bogart brings a loneliness to his character that makes his yearning for Sabrina all the more poignant.

DK Books’ The Movie Book continues to bring me some amazing films to watch, and enjoy. This is a film that I’d only seen once before, and of course saw the 1995 Harrison Ford remake, and was absolutely delighted to revisit this one.

Classic cinema survives, so pick up a copy of The Movie Book and dig into one today!



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