The Films of Audrey Hepburn Archives - Can't Stop the Movies
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26Feb/110

Always (1989)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

Danny INDIFFERENTIn what may be a first for a review that I've written here, I'm going to try and talk about Always as little as possible. While many of Hepburn's films were new to me, this is my third time through Steven Spielberg's story of a ghost helping his ex-lover find new love, and one viewing of this film was probably more than enough.

The problems of Always are many. Richard Dreyfuss, as the man who is first a cocky aerial firefighter and soon thereafter quite dead, is tone deaf in his role. He's supposed to be a charming bastard, but Dreyfuss plays him like Woody the Woodpecker: shrill, annoying, and egomaniacal.

19Feb/110

Love Among Thieves (1987)

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Danny LIKE

You're Audrey Hepburn. Internationally renowned. Fashion icon. Screen legend. Your absence from film is more noticeable than the films you've been doing. What's next?

Star in a TV movie? Sure, why not.

Love Among Thieves is a breezy and surprisingly fun television movie that is a throwback to some of Hepburn's greatest roles-- think Charade or How to Steal a Million.

12Feb/110

They All Laughed (1981)

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Danny LIKEThey All Laughed is a sweet, breezy movie that tracks the romantic pairings of three private eyes over the course of a few days. It's a playful and coy film that never takes itself too seriously.

The camera's energy is mostly spent on John Russo (Ben Gazarra), an old pro and a impossible flirt. He's moving on from one lover (Colleen Camp as a country singer) to the next. Whether that's going to be a devilish taxi driver (Patti Hensen) or the latest client he's following (Audrey Hepburn) is a mystery... but I guess my image up top kind of spoils that one a bit.

5Feb/110

Bloodline (1979)

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Danny DISLIKE

There is little dignity in aging. Hair falls out, acne scars, cheekbones can protrude a bit. Last week's Hepburn film, Robin and Marian, examined the acute symptoms of a legend aging beyond when his legend ended, and how he may not have become said legend if he hadn't run away from it.

In a strange twist of fate, that same idea may be applied to Audrey Hepburn's career. Taking a decade off between Wait Until Dark and Robin, she left the public wanting more, departing a quickly-transforming landscape in a self-imposed exile. Her return was more for shits and giggles than any driving artistic need, and while we can all think of things that are better in memory than they really were, Hepburn's wit, poise, and charm all seemed to weather the years.

29Jan/111

Robin and Marian (1976)

Danny no longer writes for Can't Stop the Movies, and can be reached at his fantastic site Pre-Code.com

Danny INDIFFERENT

Ripe fruit. Rotting fruit. The sun. A sword.

It's strange that Audrey Hepburn would return to the screen after a decade long sabbatical in a film that primarily serves as a rumination of age. Older but still regal, Hepburn is shoved into a near-supporting role, as most of the film concerns Sean Connery's Robin Hood.