"The Wrong Man" is not really about the identity crisis of a man wrongly accused of robbery but about the crisis of the society that formulates that accusation. This crisis is perceived by Hitchcock in terms of pure evil that possesses the wronged man's wife and drives her to madness. As Kim Novak is sentenced to die a second time in "Vertigo", so is she sentenced to eternal despair as atonement for the evil in men.
In many respects, Hitchcock's most terrifying film. Superb exploration of point of view at a near Rashomon level, but more personal and tied to identity as only he could do. Equal parts Hitchcock, Bresson and Fuller... Like "Gone Girl" in reverse.
Some great photography and direction aside, this is one of the most boring movies I've seen in my life. I know Hitchcock was trying to cleanse the palate but the tedium was too much. If you've seen Hitchcock's greats and want to spread out you may not go wrong, but by no means start with this one...
Very different from his other films: softer, quieter and more documentary-style. I am endlessly fascinated with Hitchcock's compositions and camera placements, but I'm repulsed by the sappy acting towards the end of the film. Overly sentimental, but worth a watch.