In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my sixth review of the 89 chosen Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Dec 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A woman marries a man she barely knows despite her family’s objections and then begins to question how well she really knows her new husband.
My Take on it – This film choice actually served a dual purpose because it’s both a Best Picture nominee that I had never seen and also one of Hitchcock’s films that I hadnt yet seen.
The casting of Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine in the lead roles was brilliant because both of them can easily play the innocent or sinister role which helps keep things in suspense the whole way through.
Fontaine even managed to win a Best Actress Oscar for this role and became the sole Hitchcock directed actor/actress to ever win an Oscar for a role in one of his films.
The premise works extremely well and we are kept in suspence the whole time as to what is the truth and what isn’t.
The idea of how much we can trust someone is explored so thoroughly here and there are tons of films since that have tackled a similar theme.
Bottom Line – Hitchcock does a wonderful job of keeping us in suspense the whole time and constantly making us try and guess what is truth and what is not. Grant and Fontaine are both great as the leads because they can both appear as innocent and sinister quite easily. Fontaine deservingly won a Best Actress Oscar for this role. This film explores the idea of trust in a very interesting way. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In interviews, Alfred Hitchcock said that an RKO executive ordered that all scenes in which Cary Grant appeared menacing be excised from the film. When the cutting was completed, the film ran only fifty-five minutes. The scenes were later restored, Hitchcock said, because he shot each piece of film so that there was only one way to edit them together properly. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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