#057: Charade

criterion57STANLEY DONEN

1963

A recent biography of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto took me by surprise when it criticized Charade, my favourite movie in her filmography, as being preposterous and unlikely.  To watch that film and hold it up to a standard of realism is to completely miss the point as far as I’m concerned!  For me the film is a great opportunity to see a much sexier and sassier side of Hepburn than was usually celebrated, even in a role like Breakfast At Tiffany’s, plus it’s a perfect example of suspense combined with comedy that even the film’s own remake couldn’t match.  For this episode I had the benefit of two guests commenting on their own love of the film, visual arts communications consultant Craig D’Arville, and actor/producer Annemieke Wade.

Listen to the podcast episode here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on my blog:  REVIEW

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