August 13, 2016
Today, we’re celebrating Alfred Hitchcock on what would have been his 117th birthday. A wickedly innovative purveyor of fear and menace, this most celebrated of directors left behind a hypnotic, . . . Read more »
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.
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Screenplay||Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison|
|Special production effects||William Cameron Menzies|
|Director of photography||Rudolph Maté|
|Special photographic effects||Paul Eagler|
|Art direction||Alexander Golitzen|
|Film editor||Dorothy Spencer|
|Interior decoration||Julia Heron|
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