Jan 19, 2012

Sabrina [1954]

Directed byBilly Wilder
Art Direction by Hal Pereira & Walter Tyler
Set Decoration by Sam Comer & Ray Moyer
Cinematography by Charles Lang
Film Format: 35 mm  Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Paramount Pictures

In Sabrina another surrogate family of servants shares a kitchen clean, bright and big enough to disarm any possible disloyalty, even as their employer, a rich playboy (William Holden), threatens the balance of the social status-quo.  Indeed, in order to make understandable the protective concerns of the chauffeur/father (John Williams) for daughter (Audrey Hepburn), the workspace and lodgings of these domestic aides must, of necessity, be credibly hospitable so as to be preferable, for even an instant, to the manner of living she’d otherwise enjoy, if she would cross over to the become the master’s wife.  And they do: with so much daylight, such high ceilings and appliances so long and wide (how many knobs are on that stove in the background?) who could fuss over their chores?