(out of 5)

Masterful work from the last period of Alfred Hitchcock’s career, this penultimate film shows that the auteur was in no danger of slowing down three decades after his Hollywood debut. The film touches upon one of his favourite themes, that of the innocent man pursued for a crime he didn’t commit, as recently unemployed bartender  finds himself circumstantially tied to murders of women who have been strangled with neckties. While trying to stay ahead of the law, Finch figures out the real culprit and does his best to put authorities on the right path. This might be the essential story, but it is the colour and shade that the great filmmaker puts into its details that makes it so memorable: the hero with some dubious moral failings, the incredible character buildup before each crime as well as the small idiosyncrasies of minor characters ( as the gastronomically experimental sergeant’s wife) that place this familiar story within a rich and complex world. Not to mention a few killer camera moves. Performances are of the highest degree in this very satisfying work.

United Kingdom, 1972

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by Alfred Hitchcock

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  , , ,, ,

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock)
Best Screenplay (Anthony Shaffer)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Ron Goodwin)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Barry Foster)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films



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