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El Biffo's rating of the film North by Northwest

35mm screening @Pacific Film Archive 13 August '16 Reasonably entertaining, if you like action-adventure thrillers (I don't) and a cut above typical mid-century Hollywood fare, which is a very low bar. Frankly, I prefer European cinema from this era. I wouldn't watch this again, but I appreciate that a lot of craft was put into it. Just doesn't grab me, that's all. I don't think much of Cary Grant, either. 3.5 stars