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In Charm's Way

by Kyle Edward Harris

Created 12/10/12

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"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." Jane Austen

  • Michael Redgrave. Barges into a room, opens his melodious, English mouth and the girl's in love. Gets in a knife fight, wrestles the man down, makes jokes without breaking a sweat. Cary Elwes no doubt drew influence from Redgrave.

  • Monsieur Hulot might be too much a bumbling nuisance to charm everyone (especially serious tennis players), but innocence is so rarely purified on screen as it is with Jacques Tati that it's hard not to be so endeared.

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo. Talk about cool. The roles before him that he played off of hardly compare to the care-less air he's created. Belmondo gives us an inch and we want the whole mile.

  • Josh Hamilton. Honesty is the best policy. And it doesn't hurt to be vulnerable enough that it's not pitiable, but enough that makes his final speech a triumph of the heart and proof of his undeniable charm. And charm is not without wit, which Grover is chock full of.

  • Luke Wilson. If no charm is equal to tenderness of heart, then Luke Wilson's Anthony has very few rivals. The child-like drawing of Inez embodies Anthony's view of the world, and it's an innocent one. His reaction over the phone is enough to melt the most frozen of hearts.

  • Roberto Benigni. Nothing'll stop you in your tracks and drop you to the floor quite like the colossal sense of humor on Benigni. Despite questionable sexual confessions, you just want to take off in his cab and go.

  • No, not Hynkel. Charlie Chaplin's "Barber." In the face of a dictator, the barber is disillusioned enough to get in front of the podium, but not enough to forget the face of the stunning Paulette Goddard. Words that have stretched over generations and a heart that has effected just as many.

  • Robert Donat. Handcuffed to a reluctant Madeline Carroll and others might fare far worse. But Donat gives enough space within such intimacy that he adeptly takes the reigns in his own delicate hands. Madeline Carroll could fare far worse as well.

5 comments

  • By TheSeafairy
    December 12, 2012
    12:39 AM

    White Dog - The Dog
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  • By futurestar
    January 06, 2013
    08:54 PM

    nice, short, and concise. it rings of confidence and efficiency. M Hulot's Holiday is the ultimate black/white summer comedy, how a single man can disrupt the vacations of an entire town. and your 2 titles from a very proper English Hitchcock make the bookends with Kicking and Screaming as the well spring middle. well done.
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  • By Silent-Freak
    January 19, 2013
    11:02 PM

    This is a very charming list. :)
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  • By Emma
    February 03, 2013
    07:38 PM

    Sweet and charming. I especially love The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps! There's nothing like a rascally Hitchcock hero.
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  • By Sam Rasnake
    March 13, 2013
    03:41 PM

    A good list - Enjoyed.
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