Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #233 Charade

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Movie #233 Charade

(1963, US, d. Stanley Donen)

Starring two of my favorite classic actors, Charade is the great original action-comedy. Cary Grant stars as super-spy disguised as super-spy disguised as villain disguised as super-spy “Peter Joshua”. Audrey Hepburn plays the recently widowed dame Regina Lampert. After her husband is thrown from a train, a global treasure hunt is begun as three various agencies, represented by three villains, begin to search for a whole lot of money her husband supposedly had. But don’t let the plot trick you. It’s one of the funniest and fun-filled cinema experiences in the anthology of the spy-comedy. Audrey Hepburn is as ravishing as ever as she begins to fall in love with a man with far too many identities for his own good. It’s interesting to note the comparison here between Ms. Hepburn in this film and the look of Angelina Jolie in The Tourist. But that said, Charade’s real advantage comes from being funny visually, perhaps the reason for the title. In fact, most of the humor in this film comes not from the dialogue but from the silent situations both the lead characters are in. When they’re forced to follow one another or stay silent for fear of being discovered. Updated recently as The Truth About Charlie, a far less inspired yet intriguing film, Charade surprisingly keeps you interested for its lack of action but its chemistry between its stars and ingenuity makes it a classic.

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