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Charade – Cary Grant’s Dark “Drip Dry” Suit

Cary Grant as the multi-named hero in Charade (1963)

Cary Grant as the multi-named hero in Charade (1963)

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Cary Grant as Brian Cruikshank (aka Peter Joshua, Alexander Dyle, or Adam Canfield)

Paris, April 1963

Film: Charade
Release Date: December 5, 1963
Director: Stanley Donen

Background

Referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made”, Charade is a well-made blend of espionage thriller, screwball comedy, romance, and whodunit mystery. It was one of Cary Grant’s final movies before his retirement after Walk, Don’t Run in 1966.

In the film, Grant plays the well-suited hero or foil (depending on the scene) to Audrey Hepburn’s character, housewife Regina “Reggie” Lampert, who is gradually learning the layered criminal truth about her recently deceased husband. Although he was 59 years old when the film was made, Grant makes a convincing action hero, spending most of the final third of the film running, jumping, and shooting.

As to be expected, Grant is immaculately suited through most of the film.

On the 109th anniversary of Grant’s birth—when he entered the world in Bristol, England, as Archibald Leach on January 18, 1904—please enjoy… Continue reading

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Jason Bourne in Paris

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in <em>The Bourne Identity</em> (2002).

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity (2002).

It was one degree above freezing when I went out to my car this morning. Since we don’t appear to have a fall season this year (at least not in Pittsburgh), here is the next Bourne article, ripe with tips on how to layer up for winter without looking like Randy in A Christmas Story – who, unfortunately, will never be featured in one of these posts.

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Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, ex-CIA assassin on the run

Paris, Winter 2002

Film: The Bourne Identity
Release Date: June 14, 2002
Director: Doug Liman
Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Background

After Bourne realizes his identity (as you would expect him to in a film called The Bourne Identity), he begins dressing in a manner that allows him to be practical and blend in while still looking respectable enough to access offices and decent hotels. Continue reading

Jason Bourne in Switzerland

Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002).

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Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, ex-CIA assassin on the run

Zurich, Winter 2002

Film: The Bourne Identity
Release Date: June 14, 2002
Director: Doug Liman
Costume Designer: Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Background

The Bourne Identity was the first installment of what became a very successful trilogy starring Matt Damon as amnesiac government assassin Jason Bourne. The source material was a 1975 book by Robert Ludlum that was also about an amnesiac government assassin named Jason Bourne. After that, the similarities pretty much end – the names are still there, but the tone, story, and plot are incredibly different.

Giving a boost to the spy genre, this first Bourne flick set a foundation not only for its equally successful sequels, but several other movies as well. Continue reading