In the 1930s, Hitchcock was Lang plus humor and romance, and that's certainly how this one begins. Then it goes to darker places than you imagined possible for the time, and ends with characters who are among his most complicated (or his most incoherent). Beautifully shot, and any humor is dipped in expressionism and madness. This was my 30th Hitchcock film, and it's left me feeling that I'm not done with him yet.
80 y later, many parallels between this story & the situation and bombings in Brussels, Paris, Istambul. Alternation between humor & cruelty, meticulously crafted, perfect image, acting, suspense. ==== Beaucoup de parallèles entre cette histoire & la situation et les attentats de Bruxelles, Paris, Istamboul. Film parfait, méticuleusement ciselé, image, jeu des comédiens & suspense, alternance entre humour & cruauté!
Since I was lucky enough not to have read any spoilers, that famous and deliciously tense scene of the boy with the package came as a real shock. When he was playing with the puppy on the bus and the clock ticking away, it's Hitch at his best! I would not call this one of Hitchock's greatest films but there are true moments of pure suspense mastery. And I love that Hitch changed the setting from a shop to a cinema.
Trademark Hitchcock - "Don't Forget The Birds Will Sing At 1:45" - fear comes from knowing the shock is coming - the anticipation, the suspense, the repeated reminder, the contextual significance of an object with a dramatic purpose. A masterful thriller establishing the cinematic tropes of the genre within all elements of the production.