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Charade (1963)

August 5, 2007

I love this movie from the opening sequence.  It’s so 60s!  I love the colors, the music, the style, and then…. AUDREY HEPBURN!  I would totally go through pregnancy again to have her babies.

The one thing that distracted me was how similar it seemed to “Wait Until Dark”.  Again, Audrey Hepburn is alone against a gang of men trying to get at something her husband had, each playing roles and telling lies.  However, this one is a lot less claustrophobic, since it’s set throughout Paris instead of a single apartment building.  This one also kept me more on edge, since there were many surprises revealed throughout the film.

This movie was very funny too, for a drama/suspense.  So many one-liners were thrown in that didn’t seem at all out of place, but were really clever and amusing.  My favorite was “Of course, you won’t be able to lie on your back for a while, but then you can lie from any position, can’t you?”  Since my husband is a really good (or bad, depending upon your point of view) liar I found a lot of this movie to be close to home.

Still, it does seem people fell in love pretty quick back in those movies.  I also have to wonder why no one else noticed the stamps were from 3 different countries.  You’d think just being non-French stamps would be a huge clue.  But, still a charming film.

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