Sunday, September 30, 2012
Shadow of a Doubt
Need a good example? Try Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. It's a simple tale, really. It's only about the bond between a man and his adoring niece. Nothing too extraordinary. Oh, wait. There's the possibility that the uncle is a murderer. But again, nothing too extraordinary.
The man and niece are played by Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright, both fine actors of the 1940s. They have a close bond (they even share the same name, Charlie) and people notice. But once the niece finds out about her uncle's possible crimes, that bond slowly but surely starts to crumble.
The amusing thing of Shadow of a Doubt is who one of the writers was. The writer in question is Thornton Wilder, basically one of the last people you'd expect to write for a Hitchcock film. But it surprisingly works.
Shadow of a Doubt is one of Hitchcock's more underrated films. Why that is, I have no idea. After all, it contains Cotten's best work as an actor. That, and it's damn fantastic.
My Rating: *****