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Movie Suggestion #16: Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

Alfred Hitchcock's

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

One word review: Winsome!

Disclaimer: No spoilers ahead.

IMDB: 7.5

Did you know?

Director Alfred Hitchcock had two releases in the same year 1940, one was Foreign Correspondent and the other Rebecca. Interestingly both the films were nominated for Best Picture Oscars.

Foreign Correspondent is a b/w thriller movie. The intriguing story starts in America, travels to Europe with plenty of drama in Netherlands and finally ends in London. The hero's journey and wants are perfectly established in the act one and is embellished with a romantic touch along the way.

There are many charming sequences that were amusing to me. The party scenes, windmill detective scene, assassination attempt scenes, etc. The whole movie is filled with thrills such that over a point of time you are drawn into the movie. I remember, at the party scene I almost forgot myself and was engrossed into the romantic conversations between the hero and heroine. There are twists in the plot which you miss out to foresee and adds to your amusement.

Favorite Movie Quote:

I am in love with a girl and I'm going to help hang her father.

I must mention about the grandiloquent climax scene. I think the climax scene in this movie is one of the first of it's kind during the Golden Era of Hollywood. Nowadays, we have the technology in our hands and employ visual effects to achieve almost anything that a director could wish for. This film was released in 1940 and to think of creating a scene of such magnitude is absolutely ground breaking phenomena. The whole film is worth watching just for the climax sequence and is one of the major highlights of the movie.

Verdict: A Rare Romantic Thriller!


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