Note: This post is part of on ongoing series in which I'm watching a lot of movies.
I've found that I greatly enjoy Hitchcock films but I usually fall asleep during Alfred Hitchcock Presents, go figure. Anyway, on to the notes:
- Jimmy Stewart seems a little old for his role, but then again, so did Sean Connery in Entrapment.
- The whole thing seemed to run a little long for a “modern” audience that is conditioned for 90-minute explosion-fests. I think I'm going to have to learn to recalibrate my attention span for a lot of the movies on the list.
- Without giving away too much, the final scene left everyone a bit confused. The Wikipedia article linked below gives one interpretation but I feel like there is plenty of room for alternate hypotheses.
- Potential Spoiler: Apparently there was an alternate (or additional) ending to the film which was created because censors worried about giving the audience the idea that Gavin Elster had actually gotten away with his crime. Hitchcock was able to convince at least the domestic censors that the scene was unnecessary and it was cut.
Vertigo on Wikipedia.