Three Coins in the Fountain Reviews
Three women living in Rome drop coins into the mystical trevi fountain and gradually romance blossoms infront of their eyes. Some of the dialogue is a little mondane and fake and so loses focus and interest.
A romantic drama from 1954 that was nominted for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It doesn't hold up well. Its rose-colored glasses are far too rosey and an annoying performance from young Maggie McNamara help sink the film. The wonderful scenery of Rome helps a little...but not enough.
The film revolves around three young women travelling in Rome. They each throw a coin into the famed Trevi Fountain with the hopes that romance will come their way. And of course it does.
The great Clifton Webb comes off best.
And then I hear Frank Sinatra's theme song and realize that I'm going to be subjected to the latter. Which may be okay. The opening 5 minutes already showed more spectacular imagery of Rome than the entire duration of William Wyler's directorial flop of last year's "Roman Holiday". Hell, even a shot of the airport terminal has a grandiose wonder about it.
So clearly, I'll be on this movie's side as long as we continue to see this much of Italy.
The plot seems simple enough. And girly. One secretary for a US agency is leaving to find love back home. Her replacement has just arrived and is looking for her own romantic prospects. Maggie McNamara is fine in this role, but pales, of course, to Audrey Hepburn, which loses some enjoyment.
The absurd part comes because of American women's obsession with "royalty". A prince is met at some societal function. The prince takes a liking to our new emigrant. But he's also clearly a skeeve horndog, effectively played by Louis Jourdan (look him up- you'll know him).
This plot is mixed with the subplot of the exiting secretary getting romantically involved with an Italian coworker. That subplot takes a backseat while film continues with the main plot in a very annoying way, as the newbie Italian secretary spends 30-40 minutes manipulating the prince into liking her. In all honesty, she actually stalks him; going to his hang outs to find out personal stuff about him and then passes it off as her own ideas so that he can think that he's found someone just like him.
A second subplot involves a more "experienced" American lady. This one a secretary for some famous author. So, again, the focus of the plot is on girls trying to get successful men to fall in love with them. Or, as in the other subplot, a girl getting her love interest a good job.
So if you're looking for some great cityscapes/landscapes of Italy, check this film out. If you're looking for anything more substantive in plot than a romantic comedy with no real jokes, then skip it.