A trio of crooks relentlessly pursue a young American (Audrey Hepburn) through Paris to recover the fortune her dead husband stole from them. The only person she can trust is a suave, mysterious stranger (Cary Grant). A deliciously dark comedic thriller, Stanley Donen’s Charade dazzles with style and macabre wit to spare.—The Criterion Collection
Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as “the King of the Hollywood musicals”. His most famous work is Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he co-directed with Gene Kelly.
Donen started at Metro Goldwyn Mayer as a choreographer and dancer in Best Foot Forward (1943) with Lucille Ball. Donen appeared with Kelly in Cover Girl (1944) for Columbia Pictures, for which Donen also directed a sequence of Kelly dancing with his double on a darkened Manhattan street. His first chance to direct an entire movie was an adaptation of the Comden and Green musical about sailors on leave in New York City, On the Town (1949), with some songs by Leonard Bernstein, which Donen co-directed with Gene Kelly. This was the first movie musical to be filmed on location.
With Kelly again, Donen co-directed Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and by himself directed such classics as Royal Wedding (1951), where Donen directed Fred Astaire dancing… read more
Totally delightful. Hepburn and Grant have great chemistry together, and they scamper through a whip-smart, twisty script. Even better, I was able to fully appreciate all the twists, since this is one of those older movies that hasn't been spoiled unto death by reference in pop culture.
the scampering chemistry was a highlight, undeniably, along with the refreshingly old-school emphasis on marriage with the more modern notion of the female chasing the male object of desire for purely sexual reasons, and not financial, since his status shifts from thief to murderer to spy and her attraction towards him remains undisturbed
A propulsive survey of scores focusing on the thriller: procedurals, bank heists, neo-noirs, spy films, giallos, and sci-fi mind-games.
Stanley Donen, the director of Charade, was a man better known for his contribution to the musical genre. In a way, he was a natural for directing this marvelous movie of adventure… read review
Hepburn falls in love for no discernible reason whatsoever and then continues to adore and believe in a man who lies to her over and over again. With each new explanation Grant gives regarding his… read review