Apparently Hitch only remade this to get out of a picture deal, but he turns out a memorable mid 50s thriller. I personally wouldve liked to see him redo the 39 steps, as its my fav of his 30s flicks. The Albert Hall scene is memorable, but this one falls short of other 50s classics from Hitch (Vertigo, N by NW, Dial M, etc). Solid 4 stars though
Seeing Hitchcock's transformation from the original Man Who Knew Too Much and this version is astounding. Nonetheless, like many other Hitchcock films, the best moments are unspoken, purely visual taking full advantage of the medium. This is bogged down by lengthy chatting and it's large set pieces.
Parallel mother figures, how patriarchy attempts to silence female autonomy & expression, Stewart's manipulations, his masculine failure. A mise en scene crammed with secret looks, thoughts. Eyes are always quietly absorbing information. Misunderstanding ensues, prejudice solidifies. Rohmer is right about the film's investment in the dichotomy between free will & predestination; gender politics are of equal concern.
Hitchcock wouldn't have remade a film unless he had a purpose, and here, he adds a deeper emotional layer by focusing on family relationships. Music also plays a bigger part in this movie, and the final scene where Doris Day sings is especially moving, because it gracefully unites these two themes together. I like the original film too, but this remake is just as good, if not better.