Given how essential Hitchcock was at the turn of the ’60s, it’s depressing how out-of-touch he seemed by decade’s end. Based on a Leon Uris novel, this dull, gray-suited global espionage thriller lacks stars, excitement, and on occasion, coherence. An alternate ending was imposed on the director, whose playfulness comes through in only a sequence or two.—Joshua Rothkopf
His rotund silhouette and seesawing theme music remain iconic—but, of course, Alfred Hitchcock has a deeper impact. His influence can be felt in virtually every thriller made today. Inventing the very grammar of suspense cinema over dozens of action movies, horror films and silent classics—including Rear Window, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Notorious and his Academy Award-winning Rebecca—Hitchcock was the world’s first genre specialist. Taken as a whole, his expert entertainments comprise one of filmgoing’s most pleasurable hedge mazes (trust us, you won’t mind getting lost). But where to enter? Let us suggest the way in with our ranking of all 52 Alfred Hitchcock movies. Do you want more great stories about things to do, where to eat, what to watch, and where to party? Obviously you do, follow Time Out New York on Facebook for the good stuff.
Written by Dave Calhoun, Cath Clarke, Tom Huddleston, Joshua Rothkopf and Keith Uhlich
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