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Frenzy was the first film Hitchcock had shot entirely in his native Britain since Jamaica Inn (1939), and many contemporary critics used that fact to account for what seemed to them a glorious return to form after a string of Hollywood duds (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz). Hitchcock specialists are often less wild about it, judging the detective plot mechanical and the oh-so-English tone insufferable. But at least three sequences rank among the most skin-crawling the maestro ever put on celluloid. There is an astonishing moment when the camera backs away from a room in which a murder is occurring, down the stairs, through the front door and then across the street to join the crowd milling indifferently on the pavement. There is also the killer's nerve-wracking attempt to retrieve his tiepin from a corpse stuffed into a sack of potatoes. Finally, there is one act of strangulation so prolonged and gruesome it verges on the pornographic. Was the veteran film-maker a rampant misogynist as feminist observers have frequently charged? Sit through this appalling scene if you dare and decide for yourself. --Peter Matthews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another spellbinding Hitchcock movie & british to what a magical journey of murder & intriguing twists.Published 15 days ago by phil
Bought for my daughter who loves it but has forgotten the name. She will be so surprised and pleased come Christmas but so far doesn't knowabout it.. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Old but Honest
Here we look down upon the crowds on the banks of the river Thames. Floating below is the body of a naked lady with a necktie around her neck, not a pretty site. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cristofori