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Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' (2000)

Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production ... See full summary »

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Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production designer Robert F. Boyle and screenwriter Ernest Lehman), movie clips and behind the scenes photos to make for a fascinating look at one of the silver screen's glowing gems. For fans of North by Northwest (1959) and Hitchcock aficionados, this is a must see treat. Written by alfiehitchie

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This documentary is featured on the DVD for North by Northwest (1959), released in 2000. See more »

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It is said that the crop duster shot was filmed east of Bakersfield, Ca., when actually it was filmed west of Bakersfield near Wasco, Ca. See more »

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Interesting but not fascinating
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Eva Marie Saint introduces a recollection of the making of the film North By Northwest. Going through shooting and the film launch a small collection of those involved and family recall what Hitchcock was like and how the film was made.

Given that few of the original cast were involved (two) and outside of them we have the screen writer, the production designer and Hitchcock's daughter, I was quite wary of how good this would be. Indeed at times it is very weak – and seems to rely on Saint too much. However there is plenty of interesting material here and most of the stories.

Saint is an OK host but a couple of comments hint at more dirt that she lets on – she comments on the fact that the studio didn't give the cast their own headgear by saying `of course…..' and things like that. Pat Hitchcock is OK but really only has personal asides. Likewise Boyle, Lehman and Landau only have the odd bit of interesting information to tell. However Saint's narration has plenty of good anecdotes and keeps the interest easily.

Overall this manages to be interesting if not earth shattering despite the lack of interviewees available.


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