Short Film Ratings (Classic Special #4)
Another installment of a Classic Special of my Short Film Ratings. The films that I have watched have been Vertigo, The Maltese Falcon and Notorious.
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore.
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5 / 5
Hitchcock’s romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl he was hired to follow. He sees a double of the girl, causing him to transform her image onto the dead girl’s body. This leads into a cycle of madness and lies.
An absolutely riveting film. The ending leaves some ambiguity for the audience to mull over, which cements its reputation as one of the greatest films of all time. The story of an ex-detective suffering from vertigo who is approached by an old friend who hires him to follow his wife who he suspects is possessed by a suicidal woman. This has all the marks of being a Hitchock film from the camera angles used, to the intense and atmospheric scenes.
The Maltese Falcon
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet.
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5 / 5
In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.
My personal favourite out of the three films that I have watched recently. The intrigue surrounding the Maltese Falcon object progressively builds with every mention, and as the investigation and action continues at a brisk pace, the unraveling of mystery. With plenty of twists and turns, great action, and a mystery that is interesting to the very last second.
IMDb Rating: 8.0
Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Leopoldine Konstantin, Louis Calhern.
Humpo Show Rating | 4 / 5
In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) recruits Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.
Although the beginnings of the romance were a bit rushed and unrealistic, Notorious progresses very well indeed into a fine film. Ingrid Bergman was fantastic as the makeshift spy. Cary Grant was decent in his role, but I much preferred some of his other roles, although he gets across his debonair style with ease. The second half is very well paced, as Ingrid Bergman’s character becomes more entwined in the espionage part of her role. A must-watch for those who love film noirs and spy thrillers, like me.
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