Mr. Verloc is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs operating out of London. He manages a small cinema with his wife and her teenage brother as a cover, but they know nothing of his secret. Scotland Yard assign an undercover detective to work at the shop next to the cinema in order to observe the gang. —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
Desde "The lodger", Hitchcock no le había puesto a una película una alta dosis de suspenso. "Sabotaje" es de hecho la primera película en que el "genio" hace audacia de la manipulación, la ansiedad y tensión, una y otra vez. La secuencia del paquete, desde antes de su salida hasta su llegada, es una serie de sucesos con pausas malévolas. Hitch va revelando cada vez más su sadismo a la fragilidad femenina.
The Master of Suspense adapted Conrad's novel for what is generally regarded to be one of his finest early films. Hitch himself believed he went too far with a particular infamous scene (those who have seen the film will know which one I am referring to) but the shock value it generates can't be faulted. Homolka's saboteur character is not entirely unsympathetic but it's Sidney who walks away with the acting honors..
Since I was lucky enough not to have read any spoilers, that famous and deliciously tense scene of the boy with the package came as a real shock. When he was playing with the puppy on the bus and the clock ticking away, it's Hitch at his best! I would not call this one of Hitchock's greatest films but there are true moments of pure suspense mastery. And I love that Hitch changed the setting from a shop to a cinema.
Grande,grandissimo Hitchcock. Scene costruite con una maestria unica,con una meticolosa attenzione ai dettagli( la scena del bambino sull'autobus è clamorosa,mette un'ansia incredibile perchè sai come finirà e non ti stà bene),e con movimenti e particolari dosati alla perfezione(la scena della coltellata ha un gioco di occhi magnifico che fà capire tutto).Forse il migliore del periodo inglese di Sir Alfred.4*