In all my obsessive interest in the film “Metropolitan” and its leading lady (I even wrote a “book” on her career) I somehow missed this review:
As with many reviews of this film, the reviewer had trouble getting his mind around the movie. For example, I cannot see much resemblance between the character of Charlie Black and the kind of character associated with Woody Allen. Apart from anything else, Charlie is not trying to be funny or even wry.
I give the review in The Village Voice credit however for including this shot of Carolyn Farina playing pretty ingenue Audrey Rouget sulking in her boudoir. The scene appears in the movie, but this particular still appears to be a “production shot.”
The caption reads: “No, that’s not a Sargent painting — it’s Carolyn Farina in Metropolitan.”
This is an actual painting by Sargent, of Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler:
That image appears on the cover of my copy of “East Side Story” by Louis Auchincloss. Which is appropriate because “Audrey Rouget” in the film “Metropolitan” is seen reading another of his books at one point in the movie, namely “The Rector of Justin”:
Audrey clasping the book to her bosom on the right: