Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. UK. 1972. R. 116 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Sun., March 26, 2017
After almost 25 years of working exclusively in the United States, and after several films (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz) which had met with mixed or poor reviews, Hitchcock returned to his native England to make Frenzy. And the result was an unconditional success. Though not exactly a mystery (we know from early on exactly whom “The Necktie Strangler” is), it provided proof positive that the Master had not lost his touch. Taking advantage of the newly loosened Production Code standards of the time (i.e., providing a wee bit of nudity), Hitchcock pursued several of his trademark themes (an innocent man accused of murder, delightfully macabre humor in the face of death, feelings of being trapped by circumstances beyond one’s control, etc.). Add to this some incredibly creative visual and technical tricks, and you have one of Alfred’s finest latter-day productions. (Bill Roth)