Released in 1946..One of Alfred Hitchcock’s all time classics, this romantic thriller features a all star cast that includes, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains. Bergman plays the daughter of a disgraced father who is recruited by American agents to infiltrate a post-World War II spy ring in Brazil. Her control agent is Grant, who treats her with disdain while developing a deep romantic bond with her. Her assignment: to marry the suspected head of the ring and get the goods on everyone involved.
Review-Let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with any Alfred Hitchcock film. He is the undisputed master of horror. From films that I put in my top 10 like Vertigo to Rear Window. To films that I am so glad I finally got to witness on blu ray for the first time viewing like Spellbound and Rebecca.( which will be reviewed very soon) Hitchcock does no wrong, and for first time watchers of Hitchcock, this review may help you out in deciding where to start.
Over the years, there were so many complaints about the quality of picture and sound on this film. From the Criterion version that was so overpriced to the many other versions that have both graced dvd and vhs in the past 3 decades that had jumping around issues during certain scenes, to the muddled first dvd release with the poor sound. Well, fans you can rejoice..someone heard our prayers and finally did this film justice.Now, as it is finally on blu ray I can truly say Hitchcock fans-the sound and picture are sharp and clear, no jumps or blips like the previous versions. This is the version you have been waiting for. The Black and White imagary of this film is so sharp and you will notice the attention that was made to every detail during the filming. The tears streaming down Ingrid’s face look so poetic and beautiful, almost to the point of looking like some kind of gold glimmer or maybe crystal. It’s amazing. Visually this is quite frankly one of Hitchcock’s finest hours.The cast is top notch, Bergman and Grant how can you go wrong. The script is amazing, as is just the feeling of living in 1946. This film felt like a love letter from the past. You will be in delight to find Hitchcock’s trademarks all through the film. The camera angles are definitive,the trademark staircase scene, the passion between Grant and Bergman is breath taking and very beautifully shot and written. Claude Rains is the bad guy, that we all want to see get his..and the pacing of this film…let me just sum it up by saying that this film flows like a out of control roller coaster.
A must for any fan of suspense and horror. This film is a true original.
9 out of 10