The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Michael Eddy and it is Hitchcockian Films.
Hitchcock films by the master himself and the best “Hitchcock films” not directed by Hitchcock.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Mike!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hitchcockian Films Movies.…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A university professor is hired to translate an ancient hieroglyphic but ends up getting involved in International espionage.
My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.
This film was Mike’s choice for me to watch.
I had never heard of this film before and was quite intrigued to give a try after reading the synopsis.
They do a great job of building up the plot bit by bit which allows the viewer to absorb it all in.
It does start off pretty slow and some of the early scenes really drag on but that is part of what makes this film work so well.
As we (and the lead played by Gregory Peck) slowly learn what is going on, things get more and more exciting to watch unfold.
When eventually the plot idea is revealed, the story changes gears and becomes a great and thrilling adventure for us to enjoy.
Peck does a great impression of a typical Hitchcock leading man who is usually in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sophia Loren is a great and beautiful choice as the lead female role who remains mysterious about what she really stands for through most of the film.
The finale is done nearly perfectly and is worth the wait.
Bottom Line – Nice thriller that builds up to a great plot. The beginning starts off slow and a bit disjointed since the viewer (like the main character) have no idea what is really going on. As things move along, things become much clearer and eventually once the idea of the whole thing is explained, the thrilling aspects and tension are equally raised and become even more prominent. Peck is fine for the lead and does a very good Hitchcock leading man impression with this one. Loren is a beautiful and mysterious female lead who slowly reveals to us what she truly stands for. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The part of David Pollock was originally written for Cary Grant. When Gregory Peck had trouble getting the humor right in a line, he’d smile and tell director Stanley Donen “Remember, I’m no Cary Grant.” (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, especially because the final act is amazing, but the rest of the film’s buildup moves along too slowly.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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