Cinema: The Inn Crowd

Hotel Paradiso. Putting the right people in the wrong beds is the principal preoccupation of French farce, but this sumptuous period piece gets rather confused about the sleeping arrangements: it's the moviegoer who does most of the yawning.

The actors work assiduously trying to put new bounce into a comedy written more than half a century ago by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières. Gina Lollobrigida, looking as delicately outraged as a piece of fine cracked china, plays the neglected bourgeois wife of bumptious Robert Morley. In revenge, she undertakes a night on the...

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