A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values of are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their home and start living like vagabonds. Written by
Claudio Sandrini <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The DVD I own of this film is of dire quality. It is, like other botched, cheapo versions of Hitchcock's early films, a disgraceful transfer from poor quality source. People's heads are cut off by the zoomed in picture, the foggy, grainy picture and awful sound quality detract greatly from viewing pleasure and yet I loved this film!
Bear in mind this is a very early talkie with the disadvantages all early talkies have (even famous classics such as Frankenstein etc) namely: 1. Very static, plain camera work due to huge, unwieldy camera/sound equipment (the master Hitchcock naturally does better than others with this but his genius camera-work IS hampered) 2. Slightly theatrical acting by some actors as they ARE theatrical actors, not used to screen acting which had previously been silent.
This is clearly a film of a play and therefore Hitchcock himself wasn't fond of it but he did a superb job as did most of the cast. It is amazingly hard-hitting, moving, emotionally involving and at the same time has gripping scenes of tension and classic Irish humour.
I am disappointed this is so little known and not appreciated. It is a truly excellent film within its limitations.
It is a disgrace that no company has released a restored version of this still!
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