An outstanding thriller & one of Hitchcock's very best films. Now that I've seen it myself, I can identify its influence in so many films that came after. Hitchcock is able to flip from a Norman Rockwell-like, idyllic postcard fantasy of America to a Gothic horror environment in the blink of an eye and it's this tonal & aesthetic dexterity that gives the movie its elemental power. It's a perfect film of its kind.
Masterful Hitchock transformation of the camera-eye to a psychological lens ready to invade the middle-class haven in this cat-and-mouse play between desire and death. The obvious yet still stimulating play with names features an impeccable "Charlie" who functions as the camera obscura of his niece and her sexual confiscation by her stagnantly conformist patriarchal milieu. A virtuoso opening sequence captivates!
A remarkable film full of delight, suspense and the ever-so-unexpected. Wright was wonderful to watch and perfectly cast - her predicament too made her a powerful character. The sub-plot between the father and the neighbour is a wonderful layer - it takes center stage yet somehow throwaway. And the wonderful line "I'm not talking about writing books I'm talking about killing you!"
Very good but quite top drawer Hitchcock. The romantic sub-plot is dumb, the music ghastly and even the direction a bit blatant here and there (e.g. the strangling gesture Cotten makes with his hands). And the story is full of holes and implausibilities. A chilling film, nonetheless, with a grimly ironic coda and excellent small-town atmosphere.
Quite simply a masterpiece in every respect. Joseph Cotton is perfectly believable as the villain, yet equally believable as a long lost uncle come home. In essence, the premise is simple, yet Hitchcock manages to turn the wheels of tension with a subtlety that is unsettling & very satisfying. Hitchcock has made many films about innocent men being wrongfully accused, but here Cotton plays a guilty man running free.
‘De schaduw van een twijfel’ is wel een erg letterlijke vertaling van ‘A shadow of a doubt’. Het is een uitdrukking in het Engels die beter vertaald wordt als ‘een spoortje twijfel’. Ook ‘meester van de spanning’ komt gekunsteld over. Onvertaald is ‘Master Of Suspense’ veel sterker. Er is maar 1 Master Of Suspense en dat is Alfred Hitchcock. Dat zit gebakken in de terminologie binnen de filmwereld.