80 years old and still going strong. HITCHCOCK's cinema remains young, alert & pleasant, with an great sense of storytelling. Despite LORRE, who's really not my favourite. --- Ses 80 balais ne changent rien à l'affaire, le cinéma d'HITCHCOCK reste jeune, preste, alerte, au récit enlevé. Seul bémol LORRE joue mal son rôle de faire-valoir qu'il a pourtant tenu jusqu'avant sa mort en 64 (The Raven, Roger CORMAN 1963).
le scénario s'étire sans fin, prévisible, sans surprise. Peter Lorre gesticule pour manger de l'espace dans les plans comme un triste pantin seule la très belle et moderne madeleine Carroll produit un peu d'imaginaire chez le spectateur resté à la porte du film. Même Hitchcock fait des navets
Peter Lorre shines while Gielgud looks totally ill at ease, compromising the credibility of the central romance. That's not to say that there isn't plenty to like here in the unsettling blend of comedy and intrigue. Above all, Hitchcock's use of sound is extraordinary, never more so than in the factory chase - worth it for that scene alone.
Simply wonderful. Full of not too subtle innuendo proving life was not lived in black & white. A young Gielgud and flirtatious Madeleine Carroll but it is Peter Lorre who steals the limelight with some marvellous gestures few of which are easy to miss despite what some call overacting. This film awed me with its freshness and casts a long shadow over contemporary hollywood fare. 10/10
Characters aren't very interesting, and even in one case downright annoying. (I know it's from another time, but why does it always have to be the foreigner who's sleezy and barbaric?) The plot isn't particularly exciting either. Some pretty shots, but overall not a good film that's gotten worse with age. I enjoyed "Sabotage" a lot more.
Not as weirdly dated as Sabotage, but prepare yourself for this Famous Three Go Spying approach to the 'thriller' genre. Love the denouement when Peter Laurie, doing a nice monochrome impersonation of Ronald McDonald with an earring, virtually hands his pistol to the bad guy who sensibly shoots PL with it. Not a great one for women's lib. either. Ah, those were the days ...