American expatriate John Robie living in high style on the Riviera is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copy cat is to keep a new wave of jewel thefts from being pinned on him. High on list of prime victims is Jessie Stevens, in Europe to help daughter Frances find a suitable husband. Lloyds of London insurance agent is using a thief to catch a thief. Take an especially close look at scene where Robie gets Jessie’s attention, dropping an expensive casino chip down decolletage of French roulette player.
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
3 1/2. The leads were great, the dialogue was juicy and the visuals were excellent. Starts to wear out its welcome 3/4 of the way in and the ending is a bit a whimper. You do get one of the best uses of fireworks in a film I've ever seen and a Sturgesesque last line of dialogue that will please most human beings.
Un Hitchcock davvero originale ci propone una storia raffinata che si avvicina più alla commedia che al thriller.Il suo punto di forza non è nella suspence o nell'intreccio(tipiche di Sir Alfred),ma nella favolosa ambientazione(certo la Costa Azzurra aiuta) in cui sono immersi i frizzanti dialoghi tra i due protagonisti. Hitchcock mostra la sua mano con dei luci-ombre eccezionali.Particolare,ma sempre notevole.4*