This is a 1937 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and is a story of terrorism in London.
Alf had made quite a few films before this one, in fact his first was in 1920, but even so this didn’t really have the feel of a Hitchcock film. It seemed a bit sloppy at times, and some of the situations were a bit contrived. The acting was fine though, and the quality of the film was very good, especially when you consider that this was made 81 years ago.
What really made this film though was the ending, which was quite shocking, even by today’s standards. I won’t go into details, but I will say it involves a boy unwittingly carrying a ticking time-bomb on a bus. Even Alfie had reservations about the scene (Alf kept to the ending of the book that this was based on).
To my surprise this has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the ending probably has a lot to do with that.
Worth a watch, but mostly for Hitchcock fans. Two years later he would go to America and make his first film there, Rebecca.
Date watched: December 22nd
Film count 2017: 143
This is a 1964 Hitchcock film with Sean Connery and Tippie Hedren (she was in The Birds).
Jolly good stuff too. Sean was great in his part, and I read that he wanted to do a Hitchcock film, but just as long as the character he played was nothing like a special agent, he didn’t want to be typecast. So his role in this was quite different and he played it well.
The story deals with rape so is heavy stuff, and not really what you would expect from Hitchcock, but it is all good. Is there such thing as a bad Hitchcock film? I have yet to find out.
Read about it on Wikipedia after watching, it is interesting to read how this was made.
Date watched: February 21st
Film count 2016: 33
This is a 1940 Hitchcock film with Laurence Olivier. This was actually Hitchcock’s first film in the U.S.
It didn’t seem like a Hitchcock film at all, but it was good to watch none-the-less. Laurence Olivier was good, as was Joan Fontaine, and the special effects were quite impressive considering that this was made over 70 years ago. There were some nifty camera shots too.
Date watched: September 21st
Film count 2013: 122
Here is the whole thing.
And another film I forgot to write a review for this week, keeping up with this one film a day thing is harder than I thought.
Pretty good stuff with Jimmy Stewart doing his thing, and a good story that didn’t get boring or predictable.
Sight & Sound magazine put this film in 1st as the best film of all time, with Citizen Kane in 2nd, but I don’t think that is right, Citizen Kane is better.
Date watched: September 12th
Film count 2013: 117
Rotten score: 98%
This was Hitchcock’s first colour film. The colour was different too, it kind of looked as though it was made with a Lomo camera, the colours popped a little.
The story was good, which it had to be as it was pretty much set in one room. It was based on a play, which in turn was based on a true story.
As this was a 1948 film the actors were not familiar at all, except Jimmy Stewart, who was by far the best actor. Jimmy is great. You should read on Wiki how this film was made, Hitchcock had to make provision for the huge cameras used at the time, which on this small set was a bit of a challenge. He also had two cameos although I didn’t notice either of them.
The story went along at a good rate, all talky stuff, and Hitchcok kept up the suspense quite well. The camera shots between reels was interesting too (see Wiki).
A ripping yarn.
Date watched: February 4th
Film count 2013: 15
This is a 1946 Hitchcock film with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.
Pretty good really although predictable. Bergman was great. There is one shot in the film that was quite well done, you can read about it here (third paragraph).
Date watched: May 18th
Film count 2012: 51