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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his best!, August 6, 1999
This review is from: Strangers on a Train (British Version) [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of my favorite Hitchcock flicks! I first saw this film in a theatre about 20 years ago- and I was astounded. The glorious black and white cinematography, Warner Brothers trademark bombastic bass sound, Tiompkin's thrilling soundtrack music- it just knocked my socks off. Upon successive viewings I found more and more nuggets of meaning buried in the movie. The theme of doubles is everywhere, represented as either opposites or "twins":
Bruno and Guy / Bruno's wife and girlfriend / Bruno's father and Guy's future father-in-law / Tennis racket and cigarette lighter / Guy's wife and look-alike Pat Hitchcock / The two pairs of shoes at the beginning / The sets of railroad tracks / The pairs of glasses / Guy's fiance and Bruno's mother /
There are so many different "romances"/fascinations presented in this movie that one wonders if any of the characters is truly well-adjusted (with the exception of Leo G. Carroll). Consider:
Bruno and his mother: Oedipal / Bruno and Guy: Love/hate / Bruno and "Dear old Dad": Definitely hate / Bruno and Pat Hitchcock: ? / Guy and his wife / Guy and his fiance: Masochistic (just kidding) / Bruno's short "courtship" of Guy's wife /
Dark humor lurks everwhere:
The lobster on Bruno's tie / The title's of the carousel songs playing in the background / The name on the side of Bruno's boat at the park / Constant references to the "appetite" Guy's wife has (on her "last night out") / Bruno's comments to the judge (at the party)
This is a film that should be required viewing for anyone who considers themself a serious student of the art of film. If you haven't seen "Strangers On A Train", do yourself a favor and rent it now! Be prepared to watch it several times to catch everything that's happening "behind the scenes". "Bruno is a very clever fellow." Indeed!
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