North by Northwest
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1959. NR. 136 minutes. Warner Bros. 35mm.
Sun., February 17, 2013
Cary Grants fourth and final film for Hitchcock is considered by many to be one of their best, and certainly one that made full use of the new wide-screen technology. Filled with memorable and visually impressive moments – most notably the crop-dusting sequence and the chase over the famous countenances on Mount Rushmore – this is a thrilling tale (and tongue-in-cheek spoof of spy movies), complete with mistaken identity, murder, and hairbreadth escapes. With Eva Marie Saint as his love interest, velvety suave and deadly James Mason as his nemesis, and Martin Landau in an early role as a chilling gunsel, Cary has his hands full. As the Cinema Movie Guide pointed out, Although “North by Northwest” is readily available on video and TV, no small screen can match the Technicolor, VistaVision experience of seeing this one in the theater. So come enjoy it on the Colonials big screen. (Bill Roth)