For Audrey’s birthday today, my entry will be about a film we all love: Charade (1963). Often called the ‘best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made’ Charade is a thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end.
Audrey plays Regina Reggie Lampert- a widow whose husband was wanted by a group of men. Because she is now the only link to her dead husband, she is then relentlessly chased by the group throughout the entire film with only a handsome but mysterious stranger to assist her. Normally we would find this creepy– but when that charming stranger is the one and only Cary Grant- its acceptable!!!!
Filmed on location in Paris, Charade provides a magnificent view of the city- many landmarks show up in the wide shots!
Kind of makes you to stroll the streets with Cary and Audrey doesn’t it?
One aspect of Charade I find funny is every suit Cary wears gets messed up somehow- water gun, ice cream, a rooftop fight, the famous shower scene! Gotta love it!
Behind the scenes, Audrey’s wardrobe was done by her favorite designer and close friend Hubert de Givenchy. Its also worth mentioning that Charade was to be Audrey’s only film with Cary Grant- and that fate had tried to pair them together twice before in both Roman Holiday and Sabrina– Cary would have played Joe Bradley and Linus Larrabee, respectively.
Another cool fact? Audrey was Cary’s 50th leading lady- and what a leading lady she is!!!
In the end, one movie was enough to make Audrey and Cary friends for life. They saw each other often after Charade and remained the best of friends. The two tried to make another film together, she wanted him for My Fair Lady, he wanted her for Father Goose, but it never came to fruition. Still, Cary proclaimed all he wanted “for Christmas is to make another picture with Audrey Hepburn.”
Charade is in the public domain which means its available on youtube for free! There’s no excuse- so go watch it today!
May the 4th be with you! (Replies-“And with your spirit!”)
Pictures from DVDbeaver, pintrest, and wikipedia