Movie: Strangers on a Train - Alfred Hitchcock 19515 of 5 (1)
Rated 8.3 out of 10 on IMDB.
Strange thing about this trip. So much occurs in pairs. Tennis star Guy (Farley Granger) hates his unfaithful wife. Mysterious Bruno (Robert Walker) hates his father. How perfect for a playful proposal: I'll kill yours, you kill mine. Now look at how Alfred Hitchcock reinforces the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you'll see. "Isn't it a fascinating design?" the Master of Suspense often asked. Actually, it's doubly fascinating. Hitchcock left behind two versions of Strangers on a Train. The original version (Side A) is an all-time thriller classic. A recently found longer pre-release British print (Side B) offers "a startling amplification of Bruno's flamboyance, his homoerotic attraction to Guy and his psychotic personality," according to Bill Desowitz of Film Comment. The laying bare of Bruno's hidden nature, along with the great set pieces (head-turning tennis match, disintegrating carousel) and suspense as only Hitchcock can deliver, makes for a first-class trip.
B&W 103 mins.
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Movie: Strangers on a Train - Alfred Hitchcock 1951
Robert (Vancouver, BC) on 2013-03-03 08:43:21.
Strangers on a Train is worth the price just for the merry-go-round scenes, especially the last one where everything runs amok. I liked merry go rounds as a child but as an adult find them sinister, the gaping mouths, the shiny teeth, the too bright colours, and it turns out my angst is justified at the end of this movie...but the trains scenes are quite lovely too, though obviously very fake interior shots - the scene outside the windows pass so smoothly - track maintenance must have been much better in those days to give an airplane smooth ride. But it. Hitchock is always good, and such fun to watch for his big scene in the move, which does involve the train.