"No they didn't give me a chaser." Quintessential visual, lighting and production design. Strong motifs and grand images. Exquisite costumes. The chorus plays an interesting role in this story. Everyone, especially the audience, knows more than Thornhill. Hitchcock's women are always spinning. "Togetherness, you know what I mean?" Foreseeable peripety can be effective if it changes what the character wants. "I'm an advertising man, not a red herring!"
Brilliant film which keeps getting more and more entertaining, with every re-watch. Such witty dialogues and snappy humor.
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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“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.