The Art of Love (1965 film)
|The Art of Love|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Norman Jewison|
|Produced by||Ross Hunter|
|Written by||Richard Alan Simmons (story)|
William Sackheim (story)
Dick Van Dyke
|Music by||Cy Coleman|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
Ross Hunter Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$3,500,000 (US/ Canada rentals)|
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.
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.
All of the paintings that were used in the movie was the artwork of international artist Don Cincone.
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.
- James Garner .... Casey Barnett
- Dick Van Dyke .... Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
- Elke Sommer .... Nikki
- Angie Dickinson .... Laurie Gibson
- Ethel Merman .... Madame Coco La Fontaine
- Carl Reiner .... Rodin
- Pierre Olaf .... Carnot
- Miiko Taka .... Chou Chou
- Roger C. Carmel .... Zorgus
- Irving Jacobson .... Mr. Fromkis
- Jay Novello .... Janitor
- Paul Préboist .... Bus Driver
- This figure consists of anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Big Rental Pictures of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 6