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This is such a sad little movie about two people who don't know that they're missing anything in their lives and then find each other to discover that which they are missing in the other person. It's a view into a new life for both of them, only for it all to come to an… Continue reading Brief Encounter
I just steadily lost investment in this film as it proceeded along. There's also something very mechanical at the heart of Hitchcock's films, especially those that center around chases. They're heavily plotted affairs, and plot is the least human of elements that go into a narrative. It's important to mask the movements of plot with… Continue reading Spellbound
Alfred Hitchcock had an experimental streak in him, and I think, outside of his mandated use of sound at the beginning of talkies, Lifeboat represents his first effort to turn an entire film into an experiment. Later films fit this sort of effort, like the one-shot technique of Rope, the use of 3D in Dial… Continue reading Lifeboat
There's something extra sinister about this tale of lost innocence in a sleepy little California town. The dramatization and fictionalization of a real life killer takes what could have been completely standard tropes and twists them an extra degree or two by adding in an element of familial loyalty that makes the situation more than… Continue reading Shadow of a Doubt
There are shades of Hitchcock's other films both forward and back. The most obvious are North by Northwest and Young and Innocent to me. All three are stories of men falsely accused of crimes they did not commit and going on the run to clear their names. In particular, both Saboteur and Young and Innocent… Continue reading Saboteur