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Wonderful despite the aging flaws
on October 15, 2016
This review is based on the version given to Amazon Prime members. Frankly, I enjoyed the sounds and shakiness of the old film; I'm sure the Criterion version is much better from a technical point of view, but the strength of this plot, the acting of the main characters, and the incredible mix of two basic Hitchcock plot lines -- usually one or the other but not both in the same film -- made me love this version.
The two plot lines are well described by Robert Towne, the screen writer of "Chinatown":" most ‘pure’ movie thrillers, especially when you think of Hitchcock, are either fantasies fulfilled or anxieties purged." In this marvelous movie, Hitchcock combines both. (Compare this movie and Hitchcock's remake "North by Northwest" with "Psycho", a straight anxiety purged plot line.)
In any event, I'll probably rent the Criterion version just to compare the two; in the meantime, I'll take a star off for the technical issues that have survived in this version.
Robert C. Ross