27 February 2006

strangers on a train


i watched this one on valentine's day because i didn't want to be another schmuck watching some romantic riff-raff.

so this was my choice, and its fine fine hitchcock. several things jump out to me: the first being the beginning. the shots comparing the two mens shoes and suits are awesome and set up the tone of the piece. and the way they so casually bump against each other shows a lot about who the characters are and how bruno set up the whole thing -- and set it up to look like an accident. and, in a similar point, the clarity of the writing (like the writing from a lot of classical hollywood movies) is something that i continually aspire to and fail at. what i mean by that is this: everything is set up in the first two scenes and the first 5 or so minutes: bruno's creepiness and subtextual homosexuality, guy's fame and occupation, the main plot and conflict of "criss-cross murders". its that economy that i admire so much, and i want to be able to do that some day.

beyond that, great images. these are all ones that you've heard about before: the head swivels at the tennis match, the stunt shot under the carousel, the murder through a pair of thick glasses.

are they really going to try to remake this one? why?

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