A New Kind of Love


A New Kind of Love

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This romantic farce begins when an amorously minded reporter eventually convinces an inexperienced career girl to fall in love. Steve (Paul Newman) is in hot pursuit of Samantha (Joanne Woodward), who gives the hot-to-trot newshound the cold shoulder. Maurice Chevalier plays himself and sings several songs as the odd couple meet and fall in love in romantic Paris. Eva Gabor provides some comic relief in this story that features designer gowns by Dior, Carden and other fashion moguls. Frank Sinatra croons the title tune of this lightweight, forgettable film.

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Paul Newman
as Steve Sherman
Joanne Woodward
as Samantha `Sam' Blake/Mimi
Eva Gabor
as Felicienne Courbeau
George Tobias
as Joseph Bergner
Marvin Kaplan
as Harry Gorman
as Albert Sardou
Jan Moriarty
as Suzanne
Joan Staley
as Airline Hostess
Robert F. Simon
as Bertram Chalmers
Valerie Varda
as Mrs. Chalmers
Ted Mapes
as Floor Walker
Gladys Roach
as Shopper
Jean Argyle
as Shopper
Emily LaRue
as Shopper
Kay Armour
as Shopper
Paul Micale
as Shopper
Pat Jones
as Model
as Model
Robert Simon
as Bertram Chalmers
Army Archerd
as Onlooker
Jacqueline May
as French Waitress
Lomax Study
as Hansom Cab Driver
Gene Ringgold
as Reporter
Laurie Mitchell
as Parisienne Poule
Patricia Olson
as French Girl
Christian Kay
as Model with Pearls
Allyson Daniell
as Lingerie Model
Sandra Downs
as Stewardess
Ralf Harolde
as French Waiter
Helen Marler
as Cardin Model
Trude Wyler
as Midinette
Suzanne Dadolle
as French Columnist
Peter Canon
as Himself
Vernon Scott
as Himself
Danielle Aubry
as (uncredited)
Patricia Howard
as (uncredited)
Judy Garwood
as (uncredited)
Leno Jo Francen
as (uncredited)
Anne Ross
as (uncredited)
Joan Waddell
as (uncredited)
Vicki Poure
as (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney
as (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell
as Cafe Headwaiter
George Bruggeman
as (uncredited)
Celeste Yarnall
as (uncredited)
Francine York
as (uncredited)
Eugene Borden
as (uncredited)
Francis Ravel
as (uncredited)
Sue Casey
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for A New Kind of Love

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

  • [A] laboured, overdressed Parisian comedy.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Shavelson's quips are fast, contemporary and polished to a bright slickness but his story is obvious and thin and his principals belabor the obvious to little avail.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The fourth onscreen teaming of Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward is a thin, lame comedy, written and directed by Shavelson, which doesn't befit the caliber of their talents.

    Nov 4, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Some sharp lines of dialog, a few too many camera tricks, and a general feeling of going-through-the-motions.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Predictable and borderline offensive.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and writer-director Melville Shavelson is from Neptune

    Jan 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for A New Kind of Love

  • Sep 06, 2012
    The beginning of the movie is quite glamorous and charming in a "they don't make 'em like this anymore" kind of way. I especially dig the self-referential commentary in the opening credits, Joanne Woodward's shag mop, and Paul Newman's pouty smoulder. However, the story would have been just fine as an opposite's attract romp. Instead, the mistaken identity/insultingly garish-looking prostitute bit just embarrasses the hell out of Woodward. The message is overtly patriarchal: once-bitten-twice-shy businesswoman secretly DOES want to get married, so she gets a makeover, tells some tall tales, baits a guy, and gets bodily thrown into bed in a clever-if-it-weren't-so-sexist sports metaphor.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2011
    A down-and-out reporter and a fashion designer fall in love in Paris. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's excuse to be together while working is a costume drama, except there's very little drama. It's more like a costume/farce. The rather contrived situations are interrupted by dumb special effects/schtick, and there's almost no character development. Even though Edith Head's costumes are great to look at and Newman and Woodward occasionally have the type of chemistry that only an off-screen husband and wife can convey on film, the film ultimately fails. What is more, films always uphold or reject a certain set of values, and in this case, women are supposed to be virgins who don't work or have any will that isn't subservient to a man. Woodward's character, Sam, is a successful working woman, but in order to woo Steve she puts on the guise of a socialite/prostitute. Think the reverse of <i>As You Like It</i>. Over the course of the film, Sam insists on being called Samantha, and she incurs Steve's wrath for her whore act. Meanwhile, Steve philanders like the last of the red hot lovers, and there is very little comment, as though such behavior is not only accepted but encouraged. The film's conclusion reveals its morality: though made in 1963, the roles of women in this film are stuck in the 50s. Overall, this is another great example for someone looking to write a feminist critique against a movie.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2008
    Silly comedy bouyed enormously by the supporting performances of Thelma Ritter, Eva Gabor, and George Tobias.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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