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Stage Fright

by Alfred Hitchcock; Whitfield Cook; Wilkie Cooper; Leighton Lucas; E B Jarvis; Jane Wyman; Marlene Dietrich; Richard Todd; Michael Wilding; Alastair Sim; Warner Home Video (Firm),;

  DVD video

Not his best, but an intriguing premise   (2013-01-09)

Good

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by sacole39

Spoiler alert!  This little thriller is only mildly suspenseful, but the performances are good (if unintentionally hilarious at times. After seeing Marlene Dietrich's onstage performance, you'll understand Madeline Cahn's performance in Blazing Saddles better.  The smallest parts, whough, are created brilliantly!), and the characters engaging. WHat makes the film unique is a mind game Hitchcock plays on the audience.  The film opens with a flashback of how the heroine's boyfriend was framed for murder.  Because we see it, we accept its truth.  By the end of the film we realize we had been fooled:  what we saw was a lie.  I've never seen any other director do it, and it's a great way to remind audiences that they are watching a motion picture, not reality.  I enjoyed this film!




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