Hotel Paradiso

  • 1966
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Though Alec Guinness fans will probably enjoy this film, they won't see their favorite actor in a top-notch production here. Guinness also starred in the successful London and Broadway stage versions of this Feydeau bedroom farce, which is set in a sleazy hotel run by Tamiroff (reprising his managerial duties from FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO). Lollobrigida, the...read more

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Though Alec Guinness fans will probably enjoy this film, they won't see their favorite actor in a top-notch production here. Guinness also starred in the successful London and Broadway stage versions of this Feydeau bedroom farce, which is set in a sleazy hotel run by Tamiroff (reprising

his managerial duties from FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO). Lollobrigida, the sexually neglected, comely wife of a pompous architect (Morley), seduces the timid Guinness while his own domineering spouse, Mount, is off visiting a sick relative. When Morley arrives at the hotel unexpectedly, Guinness and

Lollobrigida are thrown into a panic, and their rendezvous becomes an elaborate game of hide and seek in which the would-be lovers flit from room to room and bed to bed; hide in closets, chimneys, and bathrooms; and don all manner of disguises to outwit Morley. They barely manage to avoid

detection before returning to their respective hearths. The following night, Morley and Lollobrigida and Guinness and Mount attend a performance of a play by Feydeau (director Glenville) in which the characters are obvious, self-reflective versions of Lollobrigida and Guinness, playing out the

tryst they tried so desperately to conceal from their spouses. It's all a bit too cute, and the film suffers from repetitive and predictable tight spots and complications. Guinness makes the best of the material and has some fine moments in the many disguises his character assumes, but

Lollobrigida does little besides act sexy. Although the story's 1910 setting is nicely conveyed, Glenville's direction is rather slowly paced and fails to sustain anything more than casual interest.

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