TOP TEN FILMS
- Shadow Of A Doubt
- The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp
- Heaven Can Wait
- Madame Curie
- Jane Eyre
- The Man In Grey
- Day Of Wrath
- The Song Of Bernadette
- The Seventh Victim
- Stormy Weather
BIL’S BEST ACTOR
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp is one of the richest, most enjoyable films that Powell and Pressburger ever made, dramatically entertaining and politically pointed. At the heart of it are its central male performances, including a delicious Roger Livesey who plays the blustering, pigheaded and affable title character from his youthful days of romantic folly to his doddering old age.
Hitchcock often said that his favourite of his films was Shadow of a Doubt and it is easy to see why: Hollywood films of the era showed postcard-perfect images of happy suburban life that he quite gleefully subverts in a story about a young woman obsessed with the possibility that her favourite uncle is a widow-killer. In the lead role he also gets a terrific performance out of Teresa Wright as the young lady in question: she is relatively innocent but not naive, and underneath her chirpy good humour is a disturbing layer of morbid curiosity that definitely turns the great director on. She won an Oscar the previous year for her work as everyone’s favourite girl in Mrs. Miniver, but in retrospect this is the performance she should be best remembered for.
BIL’S BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Another great performance from Anton Walbrook in another great Powell and Pressburger film, including another great speech. This time, Walbrook espouses the central theme of friendship that makes The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp such a classic and, in one powerful scene where he delivers a monologue, makes this giant, sweeping epic stop and take stock of the beauty of the world it is trying to save.
Matching Teresa Wright’s devilishly dark heroine is Patricia Collinge in Shadow of a Doubt as her dotty mother. She was nominated two years earlier for playing Wright’s aunt in The Little Foxes, and here gets to do even more as a woman who runs an unconventional but seemingly happy and functional home with co-star Henry Travers.
Alfred Hitchcock, Shadow of a Doubt