Cast & Crew
In Paris in 1910, Marcelle Cot becomes so annoyed with her neglectful husband Henri, a pompous architect, that she consents to a rendezvous with her timorous neighbor, Benedict Boniface, who has learned that his domineering wife Angélique is spending the night with her ailing sister. After dining at a cafe, Marcelle and Benedict adjourn to the Hotel Paradiso, which is also being used as a place of assignation by Monsieur Cot's nephew, Maxime, and Benedict's flirtatious maid, Victoire. Panic sets in for Marcelle and Benedict when additional arrivals include a barrister friend of Benedict's and Monsieur Cot himself, who has come to inspect the plumbing. In a series of frantic attempts to conceal their identities, Marcelle and Benedict concoct elaborate stories, flee from bedrooms to bathrooms, hide in chimneys and don disguises. The mayhem subsides when the hotel premises are raided by the police. On the next day, however, the nearsighted police inspector is unable to identify anyone; and when Maxime and Victoire openly admit to their presence in the hotel they are assumed to be the night's revelers and the affair is dropped. Peace is restored until both the Cot and Boniface households are invited to attend the opening of the new romantic play by Georges Feydeau, who also stayed at the hotel on the eventful night. Although the two principal stage characters are heavily made up and their acting larger than life, there is little doubt that they bear a remarkable resemblance to Marcelle and Benedict.
Candy Le Beau
Anne V. Coates
François De Lamothe
J. B. Smith
Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, Hotel Paradiso is based on the Georges Feydeau stage farce L'Hotel du Libre Echange, which opened to great success in Paris in 1894. The play enjoyed a revival in London in 1956, with Peter Glenville as director and Alec Guinness as star - roles both would repeat in the film version. A conceit of the movie is that the two lovers, along with their spouses, are neighbors of Feydeau (played by Glenville) and attend his new play, only to discover that it mirrors their own situation.
Lollobrigida, who became a star in earthy film roles in her native Italy during the 1940s and early '50s, moved on to more glamorous Hollywood roles in 1955. By the time of Hotel Paradiso, a U.S./Italian production, she had returned to Europe. After virtually retiring from films in the 1970s to pursue a career in photography, she was lured back to Hollywood in 1984 for a role in TV's Falcon Crest.
Producer: Peter Glenville, Pierre Jourdan (associate)
Director: Peter Glenville
Screenplay: Peter Glenville from play L'Hotel du Libre Echange by Georges Feydeau as adapted by Jean-Claude Carriere and Maurice Desvallieres
Cinematography: Henri Decae
Production Design: Francois de Lamothe
Costume Design: Jacques Dupont
Original music: Laurence Rosenthal
Editing: Anne V. Coates
Cast: Gina Lollobrigida (Marcelle Cotte), Alec Guinness (Benedict Boniface), Robert Morley (Henri Cotte), Peggy Mount (Angelique Boniface), Akim Tamiroff (The Turk), Marie Bell (Le Grande Antoinette), Douglas Byng (Mr. Martin).
C-95m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.
by Roger Fristoe
Location scenes filmed in Paris.
Released in United States 1966
Released in United States 1966