backtrack; North by northwest (1959)


An Ernest Lehman script written to create »the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures«, a superb music score by Bernard Herrmann, a groundbreaking title sequence by Saul Bass, a whole bunch of high class actors. And our devilish director at the peak of his powers, obviously having a great time. The enjoyable result has been called the first Bond movie and is stylish all the way, apart from some special effects that haven’t aged very well.

»I promise you nothing but entertainment«, as Sir Alfred says in a trailer. In my top quality book of chasing the wrong man.

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5 Responses to backtrack; North by northwest (1959)

  1. SJHoneywell says:

    You’re right about some bad effects. There’s some obvious speeding up of the film in places and some really bad rear projection. But beyond that, this one has everything. It’s not for no reason it’s my favorite movie of all time.

  2. Old school rear projection felt pretty laughable even when I was a kid in the seventies. It effectively kills all illusions of »reality«.

    One thing lacking here is Hitchcock’s »deep« psychological themes. But I have no big problems going without them for once 😉

  3. The crop dusting scene is ridiculously implausible…and absolutely wonderful.

  4. You’re so right about that, obviously realism wasn’t the goal for old Hitch…

  5. Pingback: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) – Overture Bernard Herrmann Performed by: City of Prague Philharmonic/Bateman | euzicasa

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