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« #570 : December 18, 2023, 10:17:34 AM »

North by Northwest (1959) I don't like the kissing scene on the train: it comes after the dining car which had a brilliant dialogue and so it is redundant. I also don't like the statue: they could have forgotten it like they forgot james Mason.


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« #571 : December 19, 2023, 11:49:36 AM »

Bon Voyage (1944)An interesting short spy story, all based on flashbacks. Worth watching even for non completists.


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« #572 : December 19, 2023, 07:29:59 PM »

Aventure Malgache(1944) This is interesting because it shows  the collaborationists of the Vichy government, something that you didn't portray in 1944, when you had to portray a unified nation. Not as suspenseful as the other short but worth a watch.


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« #573 : December 22, 2023, 01:10:20 PM »

North by Northwest (1959) I don't like the kissing scene on the train: it comes after the dining car which had a brilliant dialogue and so it is redundant. I also don't like the statue: they could have forgotten it like they forgot james Mason.
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« #574 : December 24, 2023, 03:20:15 AM »

Psycho. Robert Bloch.

H. followed it very closely, apart from the first chapter where instead of a dialogue between Norman-Norma he put the even more useless scene with Gavin-Leigh. In the novel there's even the fly at the end. Apart from some minor differences (Norman is fat, the Oakland monologue is here delivered more effectively by the Gavin character: though in the end just as useless). But the more relevant fact is how the actual muders are treated: just a line or about each.


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« #575 : December 24, 2023, 07:49:37 AM »

Sad how many psychos have actually appeared since back then - just watch Dateline, 20/20, 48 Hours, Court TV, or your local news !!!!

History has had its share of psychos for many centuries too...

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« #576 : February 29, 2024, 02:29:33 AM »

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) This one has got a weird first part, with hints at a odd relationship between the leads, helped by Wright playing a teenager (she speaks with a baby voice too! ). But  after the confrontation in the diner the movie changes course and the movie really elevates itself to the best H. levels. A pity that the first part is not as interesting. 8/10


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« #577 : February 29, 2024, 02:40:31 AM »

The Paradine Case (1947) A good contender for worst trial movie ever. H. expressed his criticism for all the 4 leads, which is a kind of record for any director, at least a major one. But rightly so: it was Selznick who made the casting and who meddled in the screenplay. The plot has no surprises although being quite awkward and not credible in development and finale: no wonder I didn't remember a thing about it except the presence of Valli and Peck, but not that of Coburn and Laughton.


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