Sure, Roman Holiday is a lovely film, and I thank it for introducing the world to Audrey Hepburn in her first major role. And Breakfast at Tiffany’s has some great moments (none of which include Mickey Rooney, thankyouverymuch). My Fair Lady is one of the last great old Hollywood musicals, and Wait Until Dark is a terrifically unnerving thriller.
But as we celebrate the iconic actress on the anniversary of her death, the movie that should be watched (and rewatched) is Charade. The 1964 film that paired her with Cary Grant is a genre-bending joy, full of comic action and winking romance. It feels like a Hitchcock thriller, but with all the fun that director Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain) brings.
Here’s why I love Charade:
1. The Parisian setting:
2. The chemistry between Grant and Hepburn (swoon):
3. The Givenchy-designed costumes:
4. Cary Grant at his silliest:
5. Audrey Hepburn at her most delightful: