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Foreign Correspondent

Alfred Hitchcock

 
Foreign Correspondent (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1940
  • 120 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #696

In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures.

Cast

John JonesJoel McCrea
Carol FisherLaraine Day
Stephen FisherHerbert Marshall
FfolliottGeorge Sanders
Van MeerAlbert Basserman
StebbinsRobert Benchley
Mr. KrugEduardo Ciannelli
RowleyEdmund Gwenn

Credits

DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Produced byWalter Wanger
ScreenplayCharles Bennett and Joan Harrison
DialogueRobert Benchley
Special production effectsWilliam Cameron Menzies
Director of photographyRudolph Maté
Special photographic effectsPaul Eagler
Art directionAlexander Golitzen
MusicAlfred Newman
Film editorDorothy Spencer
Interior decorationJulia Heron
SoundFrank Maher

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration
  • New piece on the film’s special effects by visual effects expert Craig Barron
  • Hollywood Propaganda and World War II, a new interview with writer Mark Harris
  • Interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • Radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten
  • “Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors,” a 1942 Life magazine “photo-drama” by Hitchcock
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Naremore

    Cover by Patrick Leger, with F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Foreign Correspondent: The Windmills of War

By James Naremore February 18, 2014

The immediacy of an ongoing war electrifies Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful second Hollywood feature. Read more »

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Film Essays

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Foreign Correspondent: The Windmills of War

By James Naremore February 18, 2014

The immediacy of an ongoing war electrifies Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful second Hollywood feature. Read more »


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