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To paraphrase critic Molly Haskell, Audrey Hepburn awakened love in all who watched her. Audrey is as far from perfection as its subject is close, but one thing’s for certain: there has never been a movie star more beloved by her public than she. There is no mention of Charade, Robin and Marian, or her performance in a film that many consider her shining hour, Two for the Road. Perhaps these exclusions had more to do with budgetary limitations than disdain for the projects. Many of the clips from her films are from public domain trailers, which avoid the cost-prohibitive fees attached to licensing clips from the finished products. We are instead treated to what amounts to five agonizing minutes of three ballerinas, all playing Audrey at various ages, dramatizing her life through dance. The bogus recreations have no place in a film about someone as genuine as Audrey Hepburn. The one topic that is not given short shrift is Audrey’s role as a UNICEF ambassador. The majority of ego-driven celebrities connected to charitable work only agree to align with a cause if their name is prominently attached. (Sorry, Jerry.) Not Audrey. Unless one followed her career closely, her work to save children would no doubt have gone unnoticed. For those unfamiliar with her screen work, next to downloading her films, this is as fine an introduction as any. (2020) — Scott Marks

Rated NR | 1 hour, 41 minutes
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