Cinema: When It Fizzles

The Art of Love. On the back lot at Universal City, Love creates a cardboard Paris and fills it with evidence that 1965 is a dull year abroad:

As a Yankee painter in Paris, Dick Van Dyke wonders why his canvases don't sell. "What do I have to do—cut off an ear?" he groans. His best friend, an unpublished and unprincipled writer, James Garner, suggests that a dead artist sells better than a live one.

As a stray sex kitten, Elke Sommer jumps off a bridge so that Van Dyke can jump after her, triggering a fake suicide that makes the paintings sell.


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