Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Night at the Movies: "Blackmail"

Welcome to "Saturday Night at the Movies," a weekly feature in which I'll share a full-length movie, available for honest-to-God free on the Internet, that gets the ol' JB stamp of approval. This week: Alfred Hitchcock's "Blackmail."

While Hitchcock's first sound feature has some of the clunkiness of most early talkies, he's also exhibiting some early signs of his signature style and favorite themes. It's no North by Northwest or Rear Window, but it's a pretty good little potboiler, and has some great moments--including the film's most famous scene, in which the heroine, who has stabbed a would-be rapist, has her nerves jangled by her family's mindless breakfast conversation, in which she only seems to hear the word knife ("Blah blah blah blah KNIFE blah blah KNIFE blah blah blah KNIFE"). Good stuff, that.

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