During the first world war, novelist Edgar Brodie is sent to Switzerland by the Intelligence Service. He has to kill a German agent. During the mission he meets a fake general first and then Elsa Carrington who helps him in his duty. —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
Tal vez lo más atractivo del filme es Peter Lorre. "El agente secreto" no tiene esa alta dosis de suspenso, salvo por la escena final en el tren. Lo que sí es que se puede ver esas dinámicas hitchcockianas, sobre el falso culpable y la pista falsa. Siempre termina siendo interesante.
This is an odd one because it starts like a comedy, then turns dark and brooding, and ends like a military propaganda. Thematically it's a meditation on the 'wrong man' motif in which the protagonist is both the victim and the conspirator. The quartet of actors are all marvelous in this ensemble drama to the point that Gielgud becomes the least interesting character. Uneven in tone, but this is first rate Hitchcock.