A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
London is terrorised by a vicious sex killer known as the neck tie murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Written by
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The documentary included in the DVD release shows 'Blaney' was originally named 'Blamey' (i.e. 'blame me'). See more »
After the camera goes back down the staircase and out the front door into the market, a man walks past carrying a big sack of potatoes on his shoulder, covering the transition from the studio shot to the exterior shot. Before he passes (the studio shot), the door frame on the right is clean, but afterwards (the exterior), a greasy black stain can be seen on the right of the door frame above the doorbell. The design of the left-hand side of the door frame differs between the two shots and the brass "Duckworth & Co" sign on the frame catches the light in the interior shot, but is dull and tarnished in the outside shot. There is a sudden jump in the positions of the potatoes in the bag between the two shots. Also in the exterior shot, a lampshade and the shadow of the archway over the interior door can be seen reflected in the window over the stairs when no such reflection was seen in the studio shot. See more »
After 30 years in the USA and after the disappointments of "Torn Curtain" (1966) and "Topaz" (1969), Alfred Hitchcock came back to his native Britain for this film -written by Anthony Shaffer from a novel by Arthur La Bern.
"Frenzy" is his penultimate movie, certainly the best one of his last period. The way the Master films is very classic -deliberately old fashioned; at the same time all the charachters are very modern -they belong to a more and more decadent and neurotic London.
Almost from the beginning we know who the criminal is, and Hitchcock enjoys himself in showing how the man tries to escape and how he betrays people. Director's trademarks are also back in force: suspense (a lot!) and humour -more sarcastic and sharper than ever.
For "Frenzy" the Master doesn't get movie stars, instead he chooses local stage actors. In my opinion he does this because, first, he wants the film to be very English. Furthermore, he wants this time more ordinary faces for making the story more shocking (with famous actors in the main roles, the plot -in a certain way- could be identified mostly with them and loose strength, instead Hitchcock avoids that "paradox"...).
Maybe "Frenzy" is not an unforgettable masterpiece like "Psycho", "Vertigo", "Birds" or many other works. But it is a great movie indeed.
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