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3.0
809 Ratings

Torn Curtain

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1966
Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

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Torn Curtain Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Critics reviews

It’s hard not to feel that Hitch saw you couldn’t have a traditional happy ending any longer because the world had grown too incomprehensible. Good and evil were increasingly hard to define. Reviews for these films [Torn Curtain and Topaz] said that Hitch seemed tired and his plotting slack. And while neither film pops like his best work, the bedrock of oblique politics ruptured by spectacular displays of tension and violence still seem quite appropriate.
June 01, 2016
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Like Edgar Allan Foe’s “Purloined Letter,” Hitchcock’s meanings are in full view on the surface of the screen. Hitchcock’s direction, such as it is, is not mere decoration but the very shape and substance of his story. We further stipulate that The Torn Curtain is basically a Hitchcockian plot even though Brian Moore receives sole credit for the script.
September 01, 1966
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