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New Kind of Love, A (Paramount 1963, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward)



Newsman Paul Newman meets up with Joanne Woodward (twice) in the City of Lights in this gossamer romantic comedy. Woodward barely rates a second glance from Newman as a department store spy in Paris to copy designs, but when she dons a wig and becomes an exotic, erotic call girl, Newman’s profile of her hits the front page as she steals his heart. The fashion setting is sumptuous as are the designs by Dior, Saint-Laurent, Lanvin, and Cardin, and studio stalwart Head, who won an Oscar nomination.

Although Edith Head was Oscar-nominated for the costume designs in A New Kind of Love the fashions of France’s top contemporaneous designers, including Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Christian Dior appear in the film as well.

Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best (Adapted) Score; Best (Color) Costume Design.

production details
USA | Paramount | 110 minutes | 1963

Producer and Director: Melville Shavelson
Cinematography: Daniel L. Fapp
Editor: Frank Bracht
Music: Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens
Script: Melville Shavelson
Art Direction: Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira

Eva Gabor as Felicienne Courbeau
Thelma Ritter as Leena
Paul Newman as Steve Sherman
Joanne Woodward as Samantha (Sam) Blake / Mimi
George Tobias as Joe Bergner
Marvin Kaplan as Harry
Maurice Chevalier as Maurice Chevalier
Frank Sinatra as Singer Behind Opening Credits