Comments on watching and making films.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Secret Agent

NOTE: This post is a review of a Hitchcock film that was seen projected on 35mm at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN, as part of their Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense Series. These movies were not watched on DVD, but in a theater, projected on film.

Set during World War 1, Secret Agent is the story of two English spies (John Gielgud and Madeleine Carroll) who are sent to Switzerland to track down and assassinate a German spy, with the help of another spy, a man known as "The General" (played by Peter Lorre). When the two English spies fall in love with each other, they begin to wonder if they have what it takes to carry out their mission.

Secret Agents is pretty taut. It doesn't feel like anything is wasted here, and I think that's what I like about it. It's a complex story, but Hitch keeps it as simple as he possibly can. Does love conquer all? and does it come before or after duty to country? and, when it comes to taking another persons life, how sure do you have to be that it's the right person before you pull that trigger?

A lot of interesting questions here.

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