Thursday, August 23, 2007

The 39 Steps

I thought I'd seen this movie, but I had not. The 39 Steps is an Alfred Hitchcock spy drama suspense/thriller from 1935. There is an overview focusing on Hitchcock's methods in this film here at The DVD comes in a Criterion edition as well as the no-frills version we bought.

The film is available online here at the Internet Archive:

The New York Times has a positive review. focuses its review on the Criterion release. says,
Many critics and viewers alike feel the The 39 Steps is one of Hitchcock's finest films; in fact, viewer response to the film today is often as enthusiastic as during the time of its release.

Images Journal says,
The 39 Steps is arguably Hitchcock's best British film. It's full of fascinating compositions as Hitchcock uses his camera with expressionistic gusto. More so than in his other British films, Hitchcock's work in The 39 Steps is influenced by the great German and Russian filmmakers.

9/12/2007: The Criterion Collection blog has a review.

12/31/2008: Only the Cinema has a review.

6/29/2009: Film Fanatic has a review.

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