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A New Kind of Love (1963)

The fashion industry and Paris provide the setting for a comedy surrounding the mistaken impression that Joanne Woodward is a high-priced call girl. Paul Newman is the journalist interviewing her for insights on her profession.

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Melville Shavelson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Steve Sherman
Joanne Woodward ... Samantha (Sam) Blake / Mimi
Thelma Ritter ... Leena
Eva Gabor ... Felicienne Courbeau
George Tobias ... Joe Bergner
Marvin Kaplan ... Harry
Robert Clary ... Frenchman at Restaurant
Jan Moriarty Jan Moriarty ... Suzanne, Model with Umbrella
Joan Staley ... Danish Stewardess
Robert F. Simon ... Bertram Chalmers, Sherman's Boss
Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice Chevalier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Dahle Keith Dahle ... Shopper (as Galen Keith Dahle)
Frank Sinatra ... Singer Behind Opening Credits
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Storyline

The fashion industry and Paris provide the setting for a comedy surrounding the mistaken impression that Joanne Woodward is a high-priced call girl. Paul Newman is the journalist interviewing her for insights on her profession.

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THE PICTURE THAT TAKES A NEW ATTITUDE ON LOVE!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La fille à la casquette See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman was married for 50 years to co-star Joanne Woodward. See more »

Goofs

Steve begins to draw devil horns on a photograph of Mimi. He draws one horn in a close-up, then in the cut to a wider shot, he throws the pencil down. Two horns have been drawn on the photo, even though he only drew one. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Blake: Hello, cherie.
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Crazy Credits

If we forgot anyone, sue us. See more »

Connections

References How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Mimi
by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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Good, not great, Newman/Woodward pairing

As far as pairings of Joanne Woodward and husband Paul Newman go, "A New Kind of Love" lacks the snappy plot and dramatic depth necessary to do its leading actors justice. Woodward steals the show as Sam, a homely and somewhat androgynous fashion designer often mistaken for a man (it's the pageboy haircut and constantly smoldering cigarette in her mouth); Newman is aesthetically pleasing (and alarmingly convincing) in the role of handsome, sarcastic Steve, a New York journalist who pursues more young women than hot story leads.

After an initial awkward opening sequence, the first forty or so minutes of the film are stimulating, with intriguing color schemes and costumes, quick wit and acerbic dialogue, beautiful Parisian scenery and an escalating plot line. Beyond that, however, the plot seems to drag, and frequent unnecessary departures are made from it - the musical montage with Maurice Chevalier, for instance, slows the film down and only serves to severely date the film (not to mention alienate any viewer who is clueless as to who, exactly, Maurice Chevalier is.) Some scenes are played out far beyond their initial artistic effect (the split-screen sequences), while others are confusing and impede the general flow of the storyline (Steve's visions of bawdy tales played out like sports), giving the story an air of ridiculousness instead of credibility.

All in all, this light comedy shines with the sheer romantic energy of Newman and Woodward (I found myself re-watching various parts of the film just to marvel at the undeniable chemistry between the two), but has none of the lasting impact of the pair's other films. It leaves one feeling a bit unsated, perhaps because of the overly-muddled plot that seems to have been convoluted merely to stretch the movie into a 90-minute romp - but the beautiful Woodward sparkles with natural talent, and Newman's on screen presence compliments hers seemingly without effort. Fans of Paul and Joanne will be charmed, but not moved, by this New Kind of Love.


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