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Jamaica Inn (1939)

Alfred Hitchcock’s British productions are strange ebb and flow of unsuitable projects, promising pictures, and magnificent works. By the time he makes The Lady Vanishes, his voice is clear. The building tension and the dry, dark humor produced many lovely films. But Hitchcock continued to struggle in the British film system and Jamaica Inn would be his final British production: a frustrating picture maligned by studio politics. Continue reading Jamaica Inn (1939)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Among the British films, The Lady Vanishes stands as an unusual work in Hitchcock’s career. Hitchcock’s signature style is here, but the structure and pacing of the story as well as the ideas at work make the film different. Some of those differences make the film one worth reflecting on as more than just a fun thriller, but sometimes the film is simply entertaining instead of enlightening. Continue reading The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The 39 Steps (1935)

There’s something peculiar about The 39 Steps. From the clever changes in direction to the witty writing, there’s a lot to like about this adaptation of John Buchan’s mystery novel. It introduces some recurring elements of Hitchcock’s later work, but they don’t always play out as expect. These elements make it a bit of an odd duck when combined with a couple of other inexplicable creative choices. Continue reading The 39 Steps (1935)