It’s Hitchcock season in Obooki’s private cinema. In fact, it’s just ended and you missed it. So here’s a summary:
An ex-tennis player (Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder) wants to murder his wife (ibid), and decides to get someone else to do it (Dial M for Murder) sort of (Strangers on a Train), or he’s a spy (Secret Agent, Notorious) or becomes inadvertently involved in spying (The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, The Lady Vanishes), being mistaken for the wrong man (North by Northwest, The Wrong Man) or mistaking someone else for the wrong man (Secret Agent), and meets a woman with whom he falls in love (North by Northwest, Secret Agent, The Lady Vanishes, Sabotage, Notorious), who is blonde (passim), and discovers a plot to blow something up (Sabotage) or kill someone (The Man Who Knew Too Much), and it’s set in the Swiss Alps (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Secret Agent), and there’s a grande finale, probably involving some kind of shootout, set on a train (The Lady Vanishes, Secret Agent), at a fairground (Strangers on a Train), on Mount Rushmore (North by Northwest), in a house in an anonymous street in Wapping (The Man Who Knew Too Much) – and he has a peculiar relationship with his mother (North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train).
See what you’ve missed.
Rather than review any of the films, I shall give out some awards:
- Best Main Character: Cary Grant as Roger O Thornhill, in North by Northwest. His continually phlegmatic reaction to other people’s attempts to kill him or frame him for murder makes him one of Obooki’s personal heroes.
- Best Villain: Robert Walker’s charismatic mother-loving psychopath in Strangers on a Train, played with great camp and relish.
- Most Over-the-top Character: Peter Lorre, in anything, but particuarly The Secret Agent, where he plays – seemingly – a man pretending to be a ridiculous Mexican general and Lothario as a cover for being a sadistic spy. Cary Grant’s mother in North by Northwest comes pretty close, and Robert Walker again in Strangers on a Train.
- Best Relationship: Ooo, I can’t decide between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, and Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest, and, since it’s basically the same relationship, I call a tie (no, maybe Notorious – it has slightest more edge to it).
- Best Film: North by Northwest, just, ahead of Notorious.
- Awards to films that haven’t had any yet: Best parody of an Englishman (The Lady Vanishes), Best Shootout (The Man Who Knew Too Much), Best Adaptation of a Play (Dial M For Murder), Best Adaptation of a novel by Joseph Conrad (Sabotage), Best True-Life Story (The Wrong Man)
Obooki failed to watched Jamaica Inn, and had Mr & Mrs Smith on but was too busy playing Angry Birds at the time and doesn’t think he can really count it in (although he remembers a fair amount of the plot all the same). Oh, and I still have Shadow of a Doubt to watch (forgot about that).
Next month’s film season will be on Wim Wenders (most likely).