Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obsession: Audrey Hepburn (and old movies!)

It's no secret that I adore Audrey Hepburn (though I may not have revealed that here until now). I also often fantasize about what it must have been like to live during Hollywood's glory days (what I like to call "Old Hollywood") a la Midnight in Paris. For no reason other than that — and the fact that I find summer the best time to catch up on film classics — I am providing the blogosphere with a list of unmissable Hepburn films. Please see them, I beg of you.

1. Charade
Honestly I find it difficult putting into words how wonderful this film is and am surprised that it doesn't seem to receive praise more often as one of Hepburn's — and Cary Grant's — career greats. There was even a remake in 2002 starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton (re: The Truth About Charlie). Check out the original trailer below.

2. How to Steal a Million
This lovely 1960s romp pairs Hepburn with Peter O'Toole and is set in Paris (like so many of her flicks) as they hilariously try to steal back a fake statue.

3. Funny Face
What do you get when you pair Audrey Hepburn with Fred Astaire? Movie magic; pure movie magic. (Let's not forget the equally wonderful Kay Thompson either.) If I'm not swaying you, maybe this Gap commercial, featuring a remixed scene from the movie, will.

4. Wait Until Dark
In this riveting thriller, Hepburn plays a blind woman whose home is invaded by three thugs in search of a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is somewhere inside. She is fantastic, but I'm sure you're sensing by now that I may be a little biased.

5. Roman Holiday
Last but not least, I've included this gem on the list because it earned Hepburn her Academy Award for Best Actress. Not too shabby.

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