Friday, February 20, 2009

Saboteur - Early Hitchcock and good enough!

The famous tagline for this Hitchcock masterpiece was '3000 miles of terror' hinting at the cross country run by the fugitive from Los Angeles to New York with the climax being shot at the Radio City Music Hall and the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island. Aircraft factory worker, Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. The film is in black and white and runs 108 minutes. Alfred Hitchcock chose to use the word 'finis' (European - French for The End) at the end. Robert Cummings stars as Barry Kane, a patriotic munitions worker who is falsely accused of sabotage in this wartime thriller. This film was made by Hitchcock between 'Suspicion' and 'Shadow of a Doubt'. Hitchcock is feeling his way around America literally. Cummings is lively and engaging. His naivete suits the character he is portraying. Where this film differs from his better known films is that the audience is let in on the game early. The villains become apparent fairly soon. The master's handling is very much there for people to see in pristine black and white. This is one of the first steps we have to take to understand Hitchcock as a master film maker.


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