Fred and Emily Hill are leading a boring life in London. They receive a big inheritance by a rich relative and now they can realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise behaving as rich people….but this is the beginning of the end. Richness makes they soon forget their love and family. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
More than a minor period piece, this is a wonderfully strange romp through genres in the guise of a transformation through travel story. Except the couple - from two different genres themselves, the wife the romantic & the husband the comedy-are back to their gray lives. And nothing much has changed. Raymond Durgnat who really liked this film, makes the connection with Antonioni. That isnt farfetched at all
And yes you do have to ignore the very uncomfortable racist bits (the cat skinning, the singaporean servant). Its also too bad that due to the auteurists in part a film that contains the signatures of the auteur is more valued (Blackmail for instance) regardless of whether it is a better film. This lovely film suffers as a result.
A rather episodic comedy, but there were so many wonderful and inventive moments that I didn't mind the abruptness at all. For me this is the first satisfying talkie by Hitch. With this feature, he goes back to the visual storytelling and utilizes sound in a way that enhances it.
rohmer/chabrol listed this as one of their fave films from hitch's british opus...i can't share their enthusiasm but i would recommend this early hitchcock talkie to fans of his. it does provide an interesting study on fidelity...
Rich and Strange really is not very good at all. But it does have a couple of exciting Hitchcockian sequences. The visual story telling of the opening scenes is typical Hitch and is clever and very… read review