CHARADE (1963, US, 113 min., 35mm) Stanley Donen
When Regina Lampert’s husband, Charles is found alongside a train, murdered, in no time she’s left broke, homeless, questioned by French police, the American government and three rather scary looking men who all insist she knows where a large sum of stolen money is hidden.
Paving the way for the fun-filled madcap comedies which succeeded it, Stanley Donen (of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN fame) directs CHARADE, a film chocked-full of romance, suspense, and comedy! It has nothing less than everything to offer. Consistently referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made,” expect to be dazzled by the star power of Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn as they make their way through Paris (on the run, of course) and still find the time for witty banter. Hepburn, sporting her beautiful Givenchy coat (which bursts with colour and style when witnessed as 35mm film on the big screen) is complemented by Henry Mancini’s (THE PINK PANTHER) luxurious score. But behind the coats and the music, is anyone who they really seem to be? Come and find out!
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