The Top 63 Marathon, part 42
Length: 109 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Leigh), Best Cinematography (black-and-white) and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (black-and-white); currently #23 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a secretary runs off with stolen cash and ends up at an isolated motel
How I saw it: on video a couple times, most recently yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Story: Great. Narrative expectations are for sissies.
Pacing: Indifferent. Similar to Vertigo, he breaks the suspense an hour before the end of the movie and never quite puts it back.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good. Perkins is great, but the rest of them are unnatural.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Knowing what’s going to happen ruins most of the suspense, but it’s still awesome.
Objective Rating: 3.2/4 (Very good).