Monday, November 23, 2009

Movie of the Week - Charade

This week’s movie is Charade (1963)

Charade is a thriller about a woman, recently windowed, who finds out that her husband is not who he said he was, and not only that he stole a large some of money. Now his partners in crime are looking for the money and they suspect she is hiding it. What makes Charade so good is director Stanley Donen’s ability to mix comedy and romance into a story that is mostly structured as a thriller, while maintaining the mystery and suspense, not an easy task. This is also the last great movie of screen legend Cary Grant and his only with the brilliant Audrey Hepburn. (The film was later remade poorly as Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie.) Charade also features a wonderful score by Henry Mancini and artful cinematography by Charles Lang. The film remains today as one of the best thrillers and certainly worth checking out. The film stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy.

Charade [DVD] (Criterion Collection)

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