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Two For the Road – a movie that deserves to be a hit


Audrey Hepburn works her charm
Frederic Raphael Writer
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Two For the Road was a completely different thing. Audrey was divine, and I had a great moment with Audrey, a very chastening moment actually when we were shooting in the south of France, and I read the scene we were going to do that day, and I rewrote it because I didn't like it, and I said to Audrey at lunch, 'Audrey, I think we should do this scene this way tomorrow if you don't mind, this is much better'. And after we'd finished she said, 'I like the first scene'. So I said, 'I promise you actually, the second one is much better. The first one didn't actually make any sense; this is, you know, makes sense'. So she said, 'Well, would you read them with me?' Yes. I consented to read it with her, so we went into her caravan and she said, 'Which one should we do first?' So I said, 'Do the first, the old one first because I think you'll see when you do it...' I don't know what the first line in the old script was – it was something like, 'Hello'. I said, 'You're quite right, Audrey, it's fine'. She was terrific.

Albert only made one mistake. Again, I can't help feeling it's a sort of British mistake, a British provincial mistake, and that was, it somehow never occurred to him how terrific it was to be with this woman. He loved her, and then he didn't love her so much, and then he loved her again and... but, you know, he didn't understand that he was with this woman. When Audrey saw Beetle, she said, 'Oh, I get it now'. She called Beetle 'Legs', which coming from Audrey wasn't bad.

Born in America in 1931, Frederic Raphael is a writer who moved to England as a boy. He was educated at Charterhouse School and was a Major Scholar in Classics at St John's College, Cambridge. His articles and book reviews appear in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times and The Sunday Times. He has published more than twenty novels, the best-known being the semi-autobiographical The Glittering Prizes (1976). In 1965 Raphael won an Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Darling, and two years later received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Two for the Road. In 1999, he published Eyes Wide Open, a memoir of his collaboration with the director Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final movie. Raphael lives in France and England and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1964.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Two For the Road, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2014

Date story went live: 10 September 2014