May 7, 2009

Shadow of a Doubt

Title: Shadow of a Doubt
Year: 1943
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson & Alma Reville; story by Gordon McDonell
Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Story; currently #179 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a girl suspects her uncle might be a murderer
Length: 108 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), February 2009
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good)
Objective Rating: 10/10 c. 3.7/4 (Great)

Easily the best Alfred Hitchcock movie I've seen so far. I didn't think the ending is very satisfying, but everything else is great. The score is completely wrong (a 1930's style action/adventure score for a psychological suspense film), but in a way that works beautifully.

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