Regina Lampert, a Paris based American, has decided to divorce her Swiss husband, Charles Lampert, because of the secrets and lies that have pervaded their marriage, she coming to the conclusion that she no longer loves him and really knows nothing about him. Before she can make that request to Charles, he is found dead, seemingly pushed off a Paris to Bordeaux train. While Regina was on holiday in Megève, Charles sold all their possessions making $250,000 in the process, and seemed to be on his way to the coast to leave the country for South America probably for good. The money, however, was not among his possessions on the train, those possessions which are returned to Regina. Regina further learns from Hamilton Bartholomew of the CIA that they were after him, Charles Lampert only the primary alias he has been using of late. During WWII, Charles, a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), absconded with $250,000 worth of their gold bars that were destined for the French ... Written by
Let's see: what we got here is one of the best romantic-comedy/thriller
scripts ever made, one of the best Hollywood directors from 50's and
60's, the more elegant and classy actress ever (Audrey Hepburn), the
more elegant and classy actor ever (Cary Grant), two of the best "tough
guys" from the big screen (G. Kennedy and James Coburn), one of the
best comedy actors ever (Walter Matthau), and the city of Paris.
Nothing could possibly go wrong, don't you think?
Audrey Hepburn is Reggie Lambert, an American girl married to a swiss
guy called Charles Lambert (at least that's what she thinks)... She's
spending her holidays in some ski resort with her best girlfriend
Sylvie and the son of hers. Reggie has decided to divorce her husband,
so she gets back to Paris. Once there she found out that her husband's
been killed. From this moment on she gets involved in the funniest spy
Watching Charade you'll have an smile on your face from the beginning
till the very end. And you'll burst out laughing in many moments of the
movie. Stanley Donen gets out of every sequence very skillfully and, as
he did before in Seven Brides or Singin' In The Rain, he probes he's an
outstanding filmmaker. There're two names that come into my mind every
time I watch this movie: Alfred Hitchcock and Blake Edwards. In
Charade, Stanley Donen merged suspense and romantic-comedy in the best
possible way. Actor's selection is just perfect, the chemical between
Hepburn and Grant is simply unbeatable. One more perfect couple to add
to Hollywood's Couple's Hall Of Fame: side by side with Katharine
Hepburn-Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant (him once again!),
Lauren Bacall-Humphrey Bogart... It's not easy to find two actors so
compatible. What to say about George Kennedy or James Coburn? Best
known for their roles in action movies, they do their best as CIA
agents. And least but not less, we got Walter Matthau, one of the best
comedy actors ever (I should've put Walter Matthau-Jack Lemon in my
Couple's Hall Of Fame!) doing the best he can (that is a lot!) as (in
principle) an American Embassy employee.
So if you liked North By Northwest or Breakfast At Tiffany's, if you
think that there's never been a more classy actress than Audrey
Hepburn, if you do believe that Cary Grant's been one of the more
talented actors ever (and one of the funniest ones)... please, don't
miss Charade. You'll spend one of the times of your life.
Aur Voir, Mon Amis!
My Rate: 10/10 or even higher.
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