03 April 2014

Charade


          Spies, espionage, and misplaced trust envelope the 1963 film, Charade.  Set in Paris during the Cold War, it includes everything a suspenseful romance mystery should, plus more! Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant star as the leading roles of Regina “Reggie” Lampert, and her mysterious no-name friend.  Many people (including me) believed that Charade was an Alfred Hitchcock film because of the amazing way Stanley Donen directs this thrilling masterpiece.  Consequently Charade has earned the reputation of being, “The best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made.”  I think for a movie over 50 years old that is a great reputation.
Charade begins by introducing the audience to Regina Lampert, the wife of an exceedingly rich Swiss man.  However, she was not happy with her life of money and leisure.  She was tired of how her husband never told her anything (not even who is relatives were), and was considering a divorce because, “[She didn’t] love Charles.”  That evening when she arrived home at her apartment, Reggie found that her husband was dead and had been involved in a great crime.  Reggie struggled throughout the movie to discover who she could trust and how to fight through the lies that clouded her mind.

          Nevertheless, during the film Reggie discovers that her husband was not the only one who was dishonest to her.  This was demonstrated during a conversation Reggie had with Mr. Dyle.  He stated,
There's an old riddle about two tribes of Indians -- the Whitefeet always tell the truth and the Blackfeet always lie. So one day you meet an Indian, you ask him if he's a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot?  He tells you he's a truthful Whitefoot, but which one is he?
This confused Reggie.  Her desire to trust Dyle, conflicted with her situation, and became a continual inner struggle inside her.
I noticed that throughout Charade, the camera angle tied into the atmosphere a lot.  For one example during the scene of Charles’s funeral, they show the image of a record playing music.  However, a couple seconds later there are rows of empty chairs during a funeral service.  This was to set the mood and show how alone Reggie was after her husband died.  It was a truly great way to connect Reggie’s loneliness with our mind’s-eye of her.
Charade is over 50 years old, and although strange at times, it significantly portrays the film industry at the end of its golden age.  When thinking about a film’s greatness, years do not matter.  Instead, a realistic atmosphere and down to earth acting are what make up a classic movie.  Charade matches these criteria and holds a place in many movie-lover’s hearts.  It is, in fact, one of the best films of its time.

          Hope you Enjoyed!  Oh, and also, Charade is in the public domain, so if you have an extra hour and 45 minutes in one of your days, you could find and watch it on the internet!

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