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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1090 on: March 26, 2011, 10:19:39 AM »
You better do right by Charade, 1SO. Also, I hope you'll be watching (or watched) the new Criterion Blu-ray, which is so gorgeous-looking, I cried during the opening credits.

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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1091 on: March 26, 2011, 10:40:48 AM »
Never heard of it. Interesting that you place it above so many other films. I've added it to my queue.

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« Reply #1092 on: March 26, 2011, 10:41:15 AM »
It remains the greatest espionage thriller ever put to film. One of my Top 50 of All Time.

I wholeheartedly agree. I'm glad to see it getting the love it deserves. Here's a review I wrote for it last year.

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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1093 on: March 26, 2011, 11:18:28 AM »
You better do right by Charade, 1SO. Also, I hope you'll be watching (or watched) the new Criterion Blu-ray, which is so gorgeous-looking, I cried during the opening credits.
Fear not. I've watched it twice last year and a place in my Top 50 is guaranteed. I purchased the Criterion Blu-Ray and have been waiting for the marathon to watch it.

Antares, that's a fine review which I very much agree with, but I would caution that it's best to read AFTER you've seen the film. Two of the points you make can be real suspense killers to someone coming at this film for the first time.
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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1094 on: March 26, 2011, 01:58:03 PM »
Antares, that's a fine review which I very much agree with, but I would caution that it's best to read AFTER you've seen the film. Two of the points you make can be real suspense killers to someone coming at this film for the first time.

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It remains the greatest espionage thriller ever put to film. One of my Top 50 of All Time.

I wholeheartedly agree. I'm glad to see it getting the love it deserves. Here's a review I wrote for it last year.

WARNING: Review has spoilers!!!

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1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time - Charade
« Reply #1095 on: March 26, 2011, 11:38:59 PM »
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You won't be able to lie on your back for a while, but then you can lie from any position, can't you?

When I first saw it, I took it utterly seriously and was very caught up in the suspense of it.  It wasn't until I saw it a few years later that I realized it was more of a comedy and the more I've seen it, the more the comedic part trumps the suspense part and makes it seem more and more lightweight, with everyone else's characters becoming more and more broad.  I don't care, I still love it.
The frequent comment attached to Charade is it's the greatest Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never directed. Taking a very critical look at the film today I think that's overselling Charade by quite a lot. Aside from a handful of stylized shots, only in the final 15 minutes do I feel the presence of the master. Even then, the suspense is more on par with Hitch's 2nd tier masterpieces. However, no Hitchcock film is this much fun.

Even North by Northwest, which comes close and is a ton of fun, has a large-scale ponderousness to it. Charade is light on its feet and only takes things seriously when it feel the need to. Grant is Grant, whether being squirted in the face by a water pistol or awkwardly rolling an orange over a lady's bosom with his chin (the look on his face during that scene is priceless), the Cary Grant wit and physically comedic goofiness Iíve loved since The Awful Truth is still there. Eva Marie Saint... she's got nothing on Audrey Hepburn. The two most beautiful and elegant stars the movies have ever known define screen chemistry like no other film in existence. Here's a film where one of the high points involves Grant taking a shower in Hepburn's room. I wish they made more films together.  Their meal times are opportunities for some great rom-com writing, and the tension of the treasure hunt story always knows to come in right when things are their cheeriest.

The bad guys are a bit of a goofy lot, but they never lose their threatening air, even when James Coburn is only threatening Hepburn with lit matches. George Kennedy carries a particular menace about him. He has a great rooftop fight with Grant, even if it ends with the lone dialogue clunker. All the while the mystery dares us to figure it out. Obviously now I know where the money is, but I was completely fooled the first time, as are people I show Charade to. Plus there's the truth about Grant, which leads to a final line by Hepburn that I'd put as one of the great curtain closers in cinema.

At times the comedy gets too silly, but for the most part this is a perfect mix of romance, comedy and suspense. It'll be in my Top 50.

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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time - Charade
« Reply #1096 on: March 27, 2011, 12:40:04 AM »
The two most beautiful and elegant stars the movies have ever known define screen chemistry like no other film in existence.

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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1097 on: March 27, 2011, 01:08:45 AM »
You know what's wrong with this movie?

Nothing.
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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time
« Reply #1098 on: March 27, 2011, 08:54:05 AM »
I enjoyed it quite a bit when I saw it recently. Dunno if I would call it an all time favorite, but it was a lot of fun.

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Re: 1SO Rebuilds His Top 100 of All Time - Charade
« Reply #1099 on: March 27, 2011, 10:37:09 AM »
You know what's wrong with this movie?

Nothing.

 :)

It's perfect. The more I see it, the more I see its perfection. I showed it to my boyfriend last month, and it was his first time seeing it. I was so tense the whole time, thinking that he was going to figure out the ending. When you know what it is, you see that it's everywhere in the film. But he didn't! No one does! Even the trapdoors of identity continued to come as a pleasant surprise. The movie is a beautiful game of Mousetrap.

And it's filled to the brim with lines I use all the time, like:  "I already know an awful lot of people, and, until one of them dies, I couldn't possibly meet anyone else."

It is exciting, romantic, and fun, with the two most charming film stars to have ever worked, and a wonderful supporting cast of strange and familiar faces. When the movie was over, boyfriend said, "Why isn't this the goal for every movie? Why try to do anything else? This is what people want to see."