1940s, 2/4, Alfred Hitchcock, Review, Thriller

Spellbound

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

1940s, 3/4, Alfred Hitchcock, Review, Thriller

Lifeboat

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