A film actress is murdered by her estranged husband who is jealous of all her young boyfriends. The next day, writer Robert Tisdall (who happens to be one such boyfriend) discovers her body on the beach. He runs to call the police, however, two witnesses think that he is the escaping murderer. Robert is arrested, but owing to a mix up at the courthouse, he escapes and goes on the run with a police constable’s daughter Erica, determined to prove his innocence. —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
Hitchcock celebrates youth!! Now I can see why the Nouvelle Vague directors adored him. There is a formal purity in its speed and wit, and a beauty in the way the romance unfolds within the 'youth on the run' + 'wrong man' story. The pair of god-like point of view crane shots are truly awe inspiring. A hidden gem in Hitchcock's oeuvre.
the drumming-out-of-tune scene is a nice portrait of descent into madness + accidentally the film seems to convey the atypical message (along with the wrong guy one) that the young & the beautiful can't possibly do any wrong, whereas itchy&scratchy corrupted adults are to blame / the final lack of twist seems rather anti-hitchcockian, if you know what i mean (no undercurrents, no freud, no nothin'), but somehow fresh