Torn Curtain (1966)
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While Torn Curtain is certainly 'lesser Hitchcock', the Master of Suspense really deals out some suspense in this one. Overall Torn Curtain is decent, unremarkable, of some interest to Hitchcock fans. Hitch's reliance on rear projection was getting annoying at this point, the worst offender being the restaurant scene.
Hitchcock's Torn Curtain is a spy thriller with lots of good ideas, but casting Julie Andrews as the female lead is probably not one of them. Apparently, Hitch was forced into it by her rising star, off the success of both Marie Poppins and The Sound of Music on Broadway. It starts with her under the covers with Paul Newman, and that's a little uncomfortable. But she's fine, generally. In the film, Newman's physicist takes it upon himself to defect to East Germany so he can steal scientific secrets from their leading scientist. His plans and his escape from behind the Iron Curtain is complicated when his fiancée follows him there. From what I understand, Hitch felt the script was rushed into production by Andrews' schedule, and found a lot to fault about Torn Curtain, but it's still full of great moments. The extended murder of a East German operative is one of the best things Hitchcock has ever filmed, immediate and visceral. The sequence in the bus is a great example of turning any situation into a thriller. The character of the Polish aristocrat is a quirky triumph. Even the way Hitch makes math exciting in the theft of the MacGuffin formula is brilliant. So don't be so down on Torn Curtain, Mr. Hitchcock. It's not perfect, but it's damn entertaining anyway.
The movie is entertaining, but as I was watching it with my mom we were making fun of the movie whole way through. Like that scene where the good guys kill the enemy spy by putting his head in an oven - unintentional comedy :D This film has some genuine funny moments, but a lot of cringe too.
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