Charade

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM

Directed by

Directed By Stanley Donen

In 1963, Hollywood was experiencing an identity crisis of a different kind – the Golden Age era was coming to an end and the archetypical Hollywood film was dying. In Charade, however, a comedic spy thriller with all the hallmarks of a Hitchcock film, we got a throwback of sorts, a last hurrah to the classics.

 

Aided in no small part by the glowing presence of icons Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn as the film’s central pair, Charade is beaming with the charm and energy that permutated Hollywood films of yesteryear. While Grant and Hepburn are nearing the swansong of their respective careers, the chemistry between them is still electric and the clear enjoyment they get from riffing off each other is palpable.

 

Charade strikes a nice balance between the lightness of its screwball comedy sensibilities – the comic timing of its central pair is a standout feature – with the macabre grisliness of the murders and the relentless pursuit of the villains. It twists and turns and is never not super sharp and gleefully entertaining.

 

A glitz and glamour trip through gorgeous 1960s Paris with a true sense of style via Hepburn’s elegant costumes and essence of cool – Charade portrays a stark contrast to the stale, lifeless churn of modern-day Hollywood and their current IP model.