Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Torn Curtain (1965)
I'd never seen this before because I'd always heard that it wasn't very good, which is true. It is, however, a Hitchcock film, which means that it not only has many masterful shots, but a couple first-rate sequences, including a grisly murder at a farmhouse, and a beautifully-shot sequence at the ballet. That said, it's basically pretty dull, a thriller without a lot of thrills. Paul Newman plods through, trying to method-act in a Hitchcock movie, and Julie Andrews seems lost--her and Newman have no chemistry. Only for completists.