Three Coins in the Fountain' DVD, Clifton Webb (1954), New & Sealed
This pleasant comedy-romance opened with the beautiful view of the Fountain of Trevi in Rome, Italy..combined by another famous fountain garden at the villa d'Este in Tivoli where a great water organ exploited another attribute of moving water : its sound.
But in 'Three Coins in the Fountain', the 'sound of music' was the fine title song - sung by Frank Sinatra - that carried the whole picture..
The film was about the search for love by a simple 'trio'..Three American secretaries 'believing' in love..and throwing their coins in the 'Fontana Di Trevi' for a 'wish'..for a romance..for an idealized love..(I threw my coin too in the summer of 1974, for a specified wish in the same fountain when I was in the Eternal City, on honeymoon, with my 'dear wife' Graciela).
The first person was Dorothy McGuire, the confidant secretary in love (since 25 years) with her elderly boss, the American writer Clifton Webb..
The second was Jean Peters, a pretty indecisive brunette, doubtful in seeking love 'in' Italy with Rossano Brazzi..
The third, a decisive Maggie McNamara 'aspiring' to catch a wealthy 'suspicious' lover (Louis Jourdan) by the 'art of lying'..
Webb, Jourdan and Brazzi added to the production its significant flavor..
'Three Coins in the Fountain', Nominated for Best Picture, won two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Music Song.
With a stunning photography in CinemaScope and sumptuous Technicolor of Rome (the city and its fountains) and Venice (its canals and streets..its main landmarks, its heritage of palaces, religious buildings..the sunset), the action of the film was clearly directed by Jean Negulesco who, ten years later, attempted a disguised remake in Madrid, Spain under the title of 'The Pleasure Seekers'.
Director: Jean Negulesco
Clifton Webb .... John Frederick Shadwell
Dorothy McGuire .... Miss Frances
Jean Peters .... Anita Hutchins
Louis Jourdan .... Prince Dino di Cessi
Maggie McNamara .... Maria Williams
Rossano Brazzi .... Georgio Bianchi
Howard St. John .... Mr. Burgoyne
Kathryn Givney .... Mrs. Burgoyne
Cathleen Nesbitt .... La Principessa
Vincent Padula .... Dr. Martinelli
Mario Siletti .... Bartender
Alberto Morin .... Cafe Waiter
Dino Bolognese .... Headwaiter
Tony De Mario .... Venice Waiter
Jack Mattis .... Consulate Clerk
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format
Video: 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Stereo / Mandarin: Dolby Digital Stereo
Languages: English / Mandarin
Subtitles: English / French / Spanish / Chinese / None (Removable)