January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #14 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… Lifeboat (1944)
“My name is Schmidt, but I changed it to Smith. That’s what I got against these guys more than anything else. They make me ashamed of the name I was born with. I got a lot of relatives in Germany. For all I know this guy may be one of them. I say throw him to the sharks!” – Gus Smith
Initial Viewing Memories – Was assigned to watch this for English composition class in 10th grade and immediately fell in love with the story and characters. It still remains my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film.
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (video in 1990, cable, DVD, 16 Sep 2013, 26 Jan 2015, 30 Jan 2018 and 8 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A group of survivors on a lifeboat after their ship was torpedoed try to find safety despite internal squabbles between the survivors.
My Take on it – Amazing film that still remains my all time favorite Hitchcock film (and I’ve seen the all) even after nearly 3 decades.
The story is built up in a great way and allows the situation and location to be key characters in the way the story unfolds.
The various characters are all developed quite well and we get a clear idea of who each of them are.
This is a story which takes place almost entirely in a small boat, it thrives largely due to the amazing script by John Steinbeck who keeps these characters, their debates and dilemmas so diverse throughout.
The cast is superb and it was great seeing a young Hume Cronyn in a key part.
Te story deals with lots of great themes including racism, feminism, nationalism while still allowing the characters to constantly diversify their opinions on things.
Loved how every one of these characters evolves in some way or another as things move along which allows the viewer to get and even closer and more intimate perspective on things.
The claustrophobic nature of the film says much about the psychological effects and toll that people must endure in situations like this one and adds so much more suspense into everything that transpires.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tallulah Bankhead was cast in this movie because Sir Alfred Hitchcock wanted to use “the most oblique, incongruous person imaginable in such a situation”. She was Hitchcock’s first choice for the role of Constance “Connie” Porter. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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