CHARADE (Stanley Donen, 1963)

Stanley Donen’s best film by far, the scintillating mystery-comedy-thriller-romance Charade, has often been described as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock didn’t direct.” Not so—not by a long shot. A stylish, purely superficial entertainment that is not really about anything, Charade is dwarfed by the achievement of North by Northwest (1959), the “Hitchcock movie” with […]

YOUNG AND INNOCENT (Alfred Hitchcock, 1937)

A delightful thriller, enhanced by humor and the most tender romance, and ending with an ambiguous shot that deflates complacency as a girl in her late teens naïvely contemplates sublime friendship between her boyfriend—he is in his late twenties or early thirties—and her (likely) widowed father, Young and Innocent is a tantalizing film by Alfred […]

THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)

Criminal attorney Mitch Brenner lives a divided existence between urban and rural California: in San Francisco, where he practices law; in Bodega Bay, where his widowed mother, Lydia, feeling “abandoned” by her spouse, is ever fearful of Mitch’s “abandonment” as well. Therefore, she does her best to tighten the tie between them, even if this […]