Monday, June 25, 2007

watch Charade for free!

A lesser-known piece of information for you: the fantastic Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant feature Charade has actually slipped into the public domain! I don't know how it happened, but it has, which means you technically don't have to pay to watch or own this fantastic film. While I still recommend at least watching the Criterion Collection edition of this film with the commentary by director Stanley Donen and writer Peter Stone (those two men are hilarious!), I completely understand the $40 price tag being a little much for a lot of Audrey fans out there. In the meantime, though, you can sit in the comfort of your computer chair and watch this stylish caper completely free on You Tube:

Edit: Links removed because the entire film has been taken down.

2 comments:

Manuel Martinez said...

From Wikipedia:

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According to various sources, Charade is now in the public domain due to a legal irregularity: no claim of copyright was put into the original prints, even though copyright notices were mandatory in the US prior to 1989. This error did not become a serious problem until the introduction of VCR equipment, which meant that companies could produce retail copies without the need to pay licence fees. As a result, there are many editions of Charade on VHS and DVD, of widely varying sound and picture quality.
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Cheers!

The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn said...

Ah, excellent! Thank you very much for that, Manuel.