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The Art of Love (1965 film)

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Director  Norman Jewison
Music director  Cy Coleman
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Screenplay  Carl Reiner
Country  United States
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Release date  1965
Writer  Richard Alan Simmons (story), William Sackheim (story), Carl Reiner
Cast  James Garner (Casey Barnett), Dick Van Dyke (Paul Sloane), Elke Sommer (Nikki), Angie Dickinson (Laurie Gibson), Ethel Merman (Madame Coco La Fontaine), Carl Reiner (Rodin)
Similar movies  How to Murder Your Wife (1965), Holy Matrimony (1943), That Certain Feeling (1956), An American in Paris (1951), The Horses Mouth (1958)
Tagline  Struggling artist fakes his own death so his works will increase in value.

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The Art of Love is a 1965 Technicolor comedy film starring James Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Elke Sommer, and Angie Dickinson.


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The film involves an American artist in Paris (Van Dyke) who fakes his own death in order to increase the worth of his paintings (new paintings keep "posthumously" hitting the market). His conniving pal (Garner) sells the paintings and withholds the proceeds while the artist toils in a shabby garret.

Written by Richard Alan Simmons, William Sackheim, Carl Reiner, and directed by Norman Jewison. The movie also features Carl Reiner and Ethel Merman.

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Jewison noted in his autobiography that the film's flaw was that the script assumes that an artist's death guarantees a huge increase in the sales value of his paintings. That hurt audiences' responses to the movie enormously.

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All of the paintings that were used in the movie was the artwork of international artist Don Cincone.

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An aspiring artist, Paul Sloane, struggles in Paris and wants to return home to America to resume his relationship with his rich fiancee, Laurie. His best friend and roommate, Casey Barnett, tries to talk him out of it. When a beautiful woman, Nikki Donay, suddenly leaps into the river Seine to escape a man's attentions, Paul jumps in to save her. They make it to a barge, but Casey and everyone else is under the mistaken impression that neither survived. Casey gets an idea--a dead artist's paintings could now be very valuable, particularly considering the publicity given Paul's heroic attempt to save the damsel in distress. He begins selling Paul's work, but when the artist himself reappears, very much alive, they hatch a scheme. Paul will pretend to still be dead while continuing to produce paintings for Casey to sell. Matters become further complicated when Laurie comes to Paris. Casey falls in love with her. This infuriates his best friend, resulting in Paul seeking revenge by slipping evidence to the police that Casey actually murdered him to profit from the art. Casey is tried, convicted and sentenced to death, by guillotine. Paul attempts to save Casey at the last minute.


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