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3.7
2,167 Ratings

Frenzy

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1972
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

In London, a naked woman’s body is discovered floating in the Thames. A sadomasochistic strangler is on the loose in Covent Garden, and innocent barman Richard Blaney is taking the blame.

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Frenzy Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1972 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1973 | 4 nominations including: Best Director - Motion Picture

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1973 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture

Critics reviews

…I rank [Frenzy] among [Hitchcock’s] greatest, not in spite of but because of its frank nastiness. Without downplaying the accomplishments of New Hollywood or the American New Wave or whatever you want to call it, some of the most essential movies of the much-mythologized post-Bonnie and Clyde period were the result of Old Hollywood being challenged and revitalized by new methods and new competition, as well as the loosening of censorship…
September 06, 2013
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If gaudy color is affiliated with madness and primitivism, a foreign element that contaminates the order and discipline of the western rational tradition, where white is prized as orderly, quiet, restrained, self-reflective, and spiritual, Rusk’s color profile is telling. Hitchcock has coded his fair-haired villain as a figure of pure artifice whose decorous superficiality masks darker, corrupt desires.
August 15, 2012
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Truffaut said that FRENZY felt like a “young man’s film,” meaning to praise its sense of formal innovation and creative camera work, but he could just as easily have been referring to the sense of curiosity and openness to experimentation that’s actually a mark of artistic and personal maturity.
November 26, 2010
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