Cinema: Landscape for Lovers

Love Is a Funny Thing is a kind of dual romance. It is simultaneously the story of an affair between a French film actress (Annie Girardot) and a composer (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and a testament to Director Claude Lelouch's passion for the U.S. The whole country becomes a vast film set through which Lelouch moves his actors with the abandon of an intoxicated tourist.

Thanks primarily to the considerable charm of the two leading players, the characters never get lost. Belmondo's boyish bravura and Annie Girardot's wily sexuality lend substance to a plot as insubstantial...

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