Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Netflix Gems | Charade.

Notwithstanding the constantly growing catalog of available content on Netflix Instant, I know there are a lot of people out there who feel like they can’t find anything to watch.   With this new periodic series – Netflix Gems – I aim to introduce you to movies, tv shows and documentaries you may not know are hiding in there.  While Netflix is still lagging behind where I think it should be on new releases and current seasons of television, there’s a whole bunch of awesome there as well, so let's talk about it right here.

A little less hidden Netflix gem to start us off: 1963’s Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, with a little Walter Matthau thrown in for good measure.

Charade is certainly considered a classic, so you have likely heard of it or even seen it somewhere along the way, but it’s right there in Netflix Instant, waiting to be rewatched for its gorgeous 60s fashion (it's Mad Men week!) and fun crime (And murder!  Gasp!) caper, not to mention the inevitable love story between our two leads.  From the American Film Institute:

Returning to Paris from an Alpine ski holiday, Reggie Lambert (Hepburn) finds her husband, Charles, murdered.  A vacation acquaintance, Peter Joshua (Grant), offers his services and assists her in finding a hotel room.  Lambert's funeral is attended by three strange Americans. Summoned to the U. S. Embassy, Reggie is informed by C.I.A. official Hamilton Bartholomew (Matthau) that Lambert and four accomplices had pilfered $250,000 in gold destined for the French Resistance during World War II, and that the government would appreciate her assistance in finding the loot. He further confides his fear for her life. Reggie assures Bartholomew, however, that she has no idea where the money is. The agent further informs the widow that among Lambert's former associates only Carson Dyle is deceased; the others attended her husband's funeral. Threatened by the trio, Reggie confides in Joshua, who reveals that he is Dyle's vengeful brother Alexander.

But who is he really???  To the pictures!  

{Apres skiing at its finest}

{Riverboat on the Seine?  Yes, please}

{Uh oh!}
{Want: this coat + hat combo.}
 {This one too.}
{Best Pajamas Ever}

Rewatching this movie also allowed me to discover the amazingness that is the term "flimflam," as in, "Cary Grant's character may or may not be a flimflam man."  I need to use this term in a sentence in real life asap.


xo. di.

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*Please note, I was not paid by Netflix or anyone for this review or for this sporadic series of mine: just hoping my rather useless knowledge of old tv and movies will help inspire you!


  1. Adore the idea of this series! Can't believe I haven't seen this one before.

    Memoirs & Mochas

  2. Charade is such a favorite! Cary and Audrey had such wonderful chemistry, I wish they'd done more films together. Oddly enough, I read that he was the original choice to do Love in the Afternoon with her but he turned it down because of the difference in their ages. (And yet he was apparently dating a girl even younger than her at the time!)

  3. Great movie - I always love the Grant/Hepburn when I watch it. I heard that originally their parts were supposed to be a bit different (in that Grant was supposed to relentlessly pursue Hepburn), but they decided the age difference would make that a bit odd so they flipped it.

  4. Love this idea!! Will have to check this one out.

  5. I'm so glad to hear it, hope you've liked my other picks so far!

  6. oh really? i'd like to know more behind that decision, given his rumored proclivities!

  7. I'm glad! Hope you've enjoyed my other picks so far

  8. I think the spy stuff works better if he's not also throwing himself at her, so a wise decision!


thanks so much for the note! i love reading your comments. xo. di.

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