inre: polish no it wasn't, but it looks so good in nnw! :))
Watching it for the first time in two years, I'm not quite sure why I didn't love it more on my initial viewing. It's possibly Hitchcock's most entertaining film. Also, I love the way this movie looks; not just the cinematography, but there's something about the texture of the art decoration that I find enormously appealing. Was everything really this polished in 50s America??
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An adventure movie to end all classic adventure movies! But for me the main pleasure is in seeing Cary Grant move... What an actor!
“rather than fear, hope, and uncertainty, the desire-frustration theory holds that suspense results from the frustration of a strong desire to affect the outcome of an imminent event" Aaron Smut///... In this sense, the viewer is trapped in a situation where he or she cannot actively communicate with the actors on screen, limiting the ability of a viewer to respond Clay Chastain
My rate: 95% - Hitchcock gave us so many different elements; romance featuring a glamorous blond and a polished gentlemen in suit against a deadly charming villain, elegant suspense with quite the action adrenaline, who-dun-it twist, spies, and even a bit of comedy. I think this was Hitchcock's most playful/entertaining film. An almost perfect, that is.
Not Hitch's best but still amazing given how the idea for this film was first conceived.
Hitchcock's best, without a doubt. Vertigo fans gonna hate but that's the truth and you guys know it.
I really liked the chemistry between the main couple. Made me think of how great romances were back in those days. The ending was really corny. I really the crop duster and Rushmore sequences, especially the crop duster scene. It was great how they made you wait for something to happen and the, BAM! Best shots in the movie too.
"North by Northwest" is a very elegant thriller about spies from the Cold War... the catch is: the protagonist is neither a spy nor has he anything to do with secret agencies and international conspiracies! An amazing journey loaded with action, tension, twists and a very stylish - and blond - femme fatale!
I can't help but admire the mechanics of North By Northwest. Like so many of his films, Hitchcock buries an array of technical devices to keep the audience on their toes. Unfortunately these devices become tediously gratuitous. I'm not sure why so many people come to the aid of his weaknesses, as if defending Hitch's fame or something. All in all it's a suave dance, but footwork that can leave one exhausted.
The art direction in this film is stunning. Next time you watch it, only pay attention to the rooms, the wallpaper, the furniture, the colors, the details (especially Eve's hotel room and Van Damme's South Dakota house). I want to live inside this movie.