September 15, 2011


Audrey Hepburn Marathon, part 7 of 13

Title: Charade
Year: 1963
Length: 113 minutes
Director: Stanley Donen
Writer: Peter Stone, based on a story by Stone & Marc Behm
Starring: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn
With: Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Thomas Chelimsky
Music: Henry Mancini
Cinematography: Charles Lang
Editing: Jim Clark
Oscars: nominated for Best Song ("Charade")
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a couple weeks ago
Synopsis: a widow is attacked by people after her husband's money

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Weird movie. Sort of a parody of Hitchcock, except it takes the suspense seriously, and it's entirely possible that it isn't intentionally mimicking Hitchcock and is ripping him off. I'm not always sure if things are supposed to be funny or not, or if the humor is meant to be the focus or just mood-lightener. But I guess it's a good movie... I'm pretty sure it is. I'll have watch it a few times before I can tell whether I'm enjoying it or not. I did enjoy watching it, but I might have just been enjoying how perplexed it made me.
Objective Rating (Average):2.8/4 (Good)

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