Paramount at the Movies Presents: Charade [NR]
Movies | 01/29/2021 | 7:00PM
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The first shot of Charade shows a pistol swinging ominously into a close-up – and Audrey Hepburn gets a squirt of water right in the eye. And so it goes: Charade is an elegant thriller that manages to spoof its genre while at the same time being uncommonly suspenseful. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are the ideal leads for keeping their cool under preposterous twists in a deadly chase through Parisian environs; the supporting heavies include James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Walter Matthau; there are five corpses; the red-herrings are incalculable; the gowns are by Givenchy; the percussive score is by Henry Mancini, and the point of the whole thing is style and wit for their own sake, and what better sake is there? Charade, in its own way, is one of the most radical and experimental films of the ’60s.
Did you know?
- Due to the suspense, the presence of Cary Grant, the structure of the screenplay, and the frequent plot twists, many people believe this was a Sir Alfred Hitchcock film. Hitchcock was not involved in the making of the film at all. This confusion has prompted fans of the film to call it “the best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.”
- According to Audrey Hepburn, the scene where Regina spilled ice cream on Alex’s suit was based on a real-life accident where Hepburn spilled red wine on Cary Grant’s suit at a dinner party.
- Seven studios rejected the original screenplay. Screenwriter Peter Stone turned it into a novel which was serialized in Redbook, which in turn sparked interest from all seven studios.