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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Suspicion (1941)

Suspicion is a nice little thriller from master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.  Cary Grant [North by Northwest, Notorious] and Joan Fontaine [The Witches, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea] are perfect together as a young couple who fall in love and get married.  The twist is that she begins to suspect that her husband is not all that he appears to be.  I'll leave it at that so I don't spoil your enjoyment of the film.
Grant is totally charming as Johnnie Aysgarth, although the opening scene feels like sexual harassment when viewed through modern eyes.  Other than that, he pays Johnny with great warmth and energy while managing to make us feel early on that something dark lies beneath his polished exterior.  Joan Fontaine is luminous as Lina Aysgarth.  She is a classic Hitchcock woman: beautiful, smart, and styled within an inch of her life.  I love the innocence and vulnerability she brings to her character which serve her well as she begins to become worried and then horrified by her husband's actions.  The rest of the cast is great as well.  NOTE: Veteran character actor Cedrick Hardwicke [The Ghoul, The Invisible Man Returns, The Ghost of Frankenstein] plays Lina's father.  It's always good to see him on screen.

While Suspicion is not a horror film, it made my blog because of the director.  It would best be classified as a thriller or film noir and is a marvelous example of the genius that is Hitchcock.  This film hits a home run in terms of lighting and framing of scenes as well as the pacing of the action.  If you like Hitchcock movies such as Rear Window and Vertigo, then don't miss Suspicion.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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