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Thursday, 29 November 2012

A Breath of Scandal (1960) - Star of the month... Angela Lansbury


'A Breath of Scandal' is a 1960 romantic comedy starring Sophia Loren, John Gavin, Maurice Chevalier & Angela Lansbury, and is based on the play 'Olympia' by Molnar.

Princess Olympia (played by Loren) is exiled from the Imperial Court of Franz Joseph for "scandalous indiscretions". Her exile will be pardoned if she agrees to an arranged marriage to Rupert zu Wigenstorf of Prussia, and until the wedding she is told "not a breath of scandal" must touch her. After going for a ride on her stallion she is involved in an accident with American Charlie Foster (played by Gavin), whom she romances.   In an attempt to sabotage the wedding Countess Lina (played by Lansbury) agrees to sponsor Charlie to aid his integration into Viennese society and get him closer to Olympia.

Closing remarks

Despite the bad reviews I have read, I really enjoyed this film.  Sophia Loren is flaming hot (even more than usual), Angela Lansbury is brilliant as the gossiping Countess, and Maurice Chevalier is fantastic as the womanizing prince.

Complimented with lavish costumes and authentic art direction, 'A Breath of Scandal' makes for a great costume-period piece with some great stars.

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