Young Charlotte is excited that her Uncle Charlie is coming to visit. However, as secrets about him come to the fore, she will soon need to make hard choices that could end up destroying the whole family.
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Oh, Ann. I loved her from the moment she refused to put her book down to answer the telephone, to when she told her sister (who reminded me so much of my sister), "If you read as much as you should, you'd know it [the library] closes at 9:00," (something I would most definitely tell my less than bookwormy sister). That being said, I felt this film lacked the suspense of Hitchcock's best films.
Hitchcock really builds the suspense throughout the entire film, per usual. That uncle is creepy, but it seems phony occasionally. Shadow of a Doubt is still a great film, but not one of my personal favorites from Hitchcock.
Another so called Hitchcock classic. Doesn't matter how much someone tells me about the oh so wonderful doubling structure of the film. I don't care. Joseph Cotton is a good actor, but he just happens to play the worst serial killer I have seen. The character is laughably clumsy to the point that I question whether this is supposed to be a comedy. How can you not face palm when he kills himself.
One of my favorite Hitchcocks. Everything about this film is pure craft, pure suspense. It's consistently compelling, emotionally rewarding and has just the right amount of dubious morals. No wonder it was Uncle Hitch's favorite of his own movies.
that facade of ordinary suburban America, because it IS ordinary suburban America. I also think Joseph Cotten's Uncle Charlie is a far more effective serial killer than Norman Bates, because he's such a likeable character, we don't doubt for a minute he's the killer, but we don't want to believe it. Anyway, just go see this one for yourself. It's a masterpiece.
This is one of my favourite early Hitchcocks, and of all his films I believe it is the one that most brilliantly (and repeatedly) demonstrates his malevolent sense of humor. This is a dark humor, to say the least, and takes great pleasure in the monstrous quotidian. Of all my favourite artists, Hitchcock may be my favourite antihumanist. But Hitch doesn't hate us, exactly. He relishes all that is bent and deranged.