2 items from 2014
Hollywood is a place where one can completely reinvent oneself for fame and fortune. Experimental filmmaker Salise Hughes plays with the entire notion of shifting one’s identity with another entry in her “erased film” entries: Her brilliant reworking of the classic screwball mystery romance Charade.
Little of the original film exists in Hughes’s piece, but she focuses her attention squarely on lead actor Cary Grant. Born as Archibald Leach, Grant changed his name and transformed himself into one of history’s most memorable leading men. In the original Charade, Grant’s character constantly changes his name and identity while helping — or possibly double-crossing — romantic co-star Audrey Hepburn evade a trio of assassins.
In Hughes’s Charade, Grant is transformed quite literally as a blank slate: His features frequently are completely replaced by a slate of sidewalk. But then upon that image, Hughes then further layers on images of »
- Mike Everleth
Directed by Billy Wilder
The past few weeks have been good for Humphrey Bogart on Blu-ray. The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The African Queen were recently rereleased and assembled for the Best of Bogart Collection, and now, Sabrina, one of the legendary star’s final films, has received its first American appearance on the format. Perhaps more importantly, if total number of titles available on Blu-ray is the basis for judgment, Sabrina also marks one of disappointingly few Billy Wilder titles available in the remastered form. That the film also stars the radiant Audrey Hepburn and the remarkably versatile William Holden confirms that the release is worth commending.
- Jeremy Carr
2 items from 2014
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