Hitchcock in Retrospect
I’M USUALLY skeptical about the authenticity of remarks some critics have a knack for overhearing in an audience (remarks which tend conveniently to confirm and capsulize the critic’s own view), but then the comment I actually overheard from the audience at the conclusion of Obsession left me, at first, feeling less confirmed than bewildered. “Did you see Murder on the Orient Express?” the man behind me asked his companion as the lights went up. “This was something like that.”
Now Obsession, as both its admirers and the film itself have been anything but shy in urging on us, is a movie made, to a perhaps unprecedented degree, “in homage” to the work of another film-maker-Alfred Hitchcock-and to one of his works-Vertigo-in particular.
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