FLASHBACK CINEMA : Some Consider "North by Northwest" Flawless

Updated 2 years ago Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
FLASHBACK CINEMA :  Some Consider "North by Northwest" Flawless

Before anyone heard of Rob Zombie, Wes Craven, or Guillermo del Toro, one man mastered suspense thrillers and the nearly bloodless horror film --- Alfred Hitchcock. His shower scene from "Psycho" may be tame by both sexual and violent standards today, but when release the censors buzzed and cinema owners patrolled aisles to ensure the young did not see the movie.

Hitchcock's specialty came from complex psychological thrillers, ranging from "Vertigo" "The Birds," "Rebecca," and "North by Northwest," the next FLASHBACK CINEMA offering what one or more critics termed nearly "flawless" entertainment incorporating the director's four must haves: Well timed suspense; Complex mystery; Compelling Cast; and brilliantly conceived scenes

A case of mistaken identity sets Cary Grant on a cross-country run where he will be befriended on a train by Eva Maria Saint ("How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?"). Filmed in wide-screen Vista-Vision, the scene where Grant, alone on a rural highway, is chased by a crop-dusting plane is a classic. James Mason and Martin Landau co-star as the villains.

FLASHBACK CINEMA :  Some Consider "North by Northwest" Flawless

During one exchange the advertising executive tells his foils, ""Now you listen here, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders depending upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself 'slightly' killed."

Spies, counterspies and lovers mingle captivate in what has been called a classic made at the director's peak.

Variety wrote that at times it appears  Hitchcock is "kidding his own penchant for the bizarre, but this sardonic attitude is so deftly handled it only enhances the thrills."

Although the crop dusting sequence has icon status, those viewers who criticized footwear choices in "Jurassic World" running from giant lizards will find another of those no sprained ankles allowed sequences where Saint and Grant are chased across Mount Rushmore.

North by Northwest will be shown @ 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday Sept. 25 and Wed. Sept. 28 at select Marquee Cinemas, including Pullman, Southridge, Galleria, and Highlands.

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