Wait Until Dark

WaitUntilDarkSuggested by Timothy Lane • Audrey Hepburn plays a recently blinded woman who is terrorized by a trio of thugs (led by Alan Arkin) while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. Based on a popular play by Frederick Knott.
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8 Responses to Wait Until Dark

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    While looking for the trailer, I found this useful link. I’m sure Mr. Kung will give it a try: MakeUp Tutorial: How to Look Like Audrey Hepburn

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:


      That clip is scary on several levels. But the thing that immediately comes to mind is there should be a “truth in advertising” clause when a guy starts dating a woman.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    It’s so busy at work here today that I just watched The Audrey Hepburn Story. Here and there it has some interesting scenes. And no one can fault Jennifer Love Hewitt for not exactly reproducing Hepburn. No one could. (That said, there are truly atrocious portrayals of Bill Holden, Bogie, and Greg Peck.)

    Hers is a remarkable life wherein she actually did get to wear the glass slipper. Many struggle for the kind of career she had. She had it. And she certainly has many commendable aspects to her personal life, perhaps not including dumping the original love of her life so that a marriage wouldn’t get in the way of her career. But that’s life in the big city. To get to the top you need a ferocious ambition.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    And yet in the end (and not long after Wait Until Dark, I believe) she gave it all up to go into charitable work.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of that documentary I watched recently about Audrey, there’s no doubt that it was of made-for-TV quality. But as one IMDB poster said, any such project is doomed to failure, for Audrey was a sparkle unto herself. She shown like a diamond and all one can ever do it hold a cloudy mirror up to that visage.

    Also, any biography that hope to tells the story of Audrey Hepburn is missing the point. Her story is almost completely in the aesthetics of it. She was an actress, surely. She could dance, speak several languages, was a courier for the underground in WWII, eventually a devoted mother who walked away from films, and was a noted humanitarian. But as someone in that biopic said, the crowds loved Audrey not for her acting ability or anything else. But for that image of who she was, that indescribable whole package.

    So I think any biography that isn’t substantially a look at the image and aesthetics and instead tells a biographical story is going to miss the essence of who she was, as least in regards to what made her a star. This is true for any movie star to a large extent. But in her case, I think it was especially so. And that’s not to say that she didn’t live an interesting life. But millions of people have lived an interesting life. She is important for reasons that have very little to do with her personal life.

    She is an icon. She is an almost pure example of something our (or at least an earlier) image-based culture cannot get enough of: beauty, style, class, and sheer electric personality. Man or woman, in some way she is (or ought to be) an ideal to be reached for.

    Having watched a couple of her movies recently, it’s actually jarring to go into the local supermarket and see humanity looking most decidedly un-Hepburn-ish, to put it nicely. It is then that you realize — although there is a risk of making superficiality an idol — how uplifting and important beauty is. One need only contrast Hepburn with the twerking of Miley Cyrus to see the two different souls of two completely different cultures. I’ll take the Hepburn one, please.

  5. Timothy Lane says:

    Since Brad was discussing Hepburn’s typical sort of light role in the review of Roman Holiday, I thought I would mention an interesting scene from this movie. Audrey Hepburn, having just entered her small apartment, calls her husband at work to tell her she’ll be dropping by. She jokes that he’ll have no trouble recognizing her — “I’ll be the one reading Peter Rabbit in Braille” — and then leaves, totally oblivious that she had briefly interrupted the initial meeting of the 3 criminals. I would say that this helps show that Audrey Hepburn in many ways plays a typical role for her — but in a very atypical situation.

  6. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking just generally of movies, how in the world did “Around the World in 80 Days” win best picture? It’s horrible. Doug McClure movies are far more entertaining.

    Also, in my Bogart retrospective, you may pass over “China Clipper” with Pat O’Brien. Only if you wanted a slight Mystery Science Theatre 3000 experience with a friend would I recommend this. It’s one of those old movies stamped out like they were making sausage. A mixed metaphor, but appropriate in this case. There’s actually an outline of a good movie here. They just don’t pull it off.

    Trying to find a little more Audrey Hepburn, I watched part of “The Children’s Hour” which also stars Shirley MacLaine. I’m not a big fan of movies that feature little but screaming children and adults yelling at each other. This movie grated on me. I got about 40 minutes into it and then had to give up. So far there is nothing in the least Hepburnish about it. I’ll let braver souls venture on until the end. Then you can tell me if it’s worth trudging all the way through.

    I’m still sifting through other Hepburn movies to see if I can find something special. Yes…I will soon view “Wait Until Dark” and give my opinion about that.

    I’m also trying to trudge through “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” with Greg Peck and Ava Gardner. The reviews on this at IMDB are mostly of the opinion that this movie is a bore. They might be right about that.

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