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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

  Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Sally Benson, Gordon McDonell, Alma Reville, Thornton Wilder
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright
Links: Shadow of a Doubt on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"Shadow Knows" - a review by philmc

Shadow of a Doubt is a fascinating film, the kind that reveals additional layers of meaning and intrigue with each viewing. Alfred Hitchcock takes great delight in commingling the mundane with the macabre in this story of a naive American girl (Teresa Wright) who comes to believe that her visiting uncle (played by Joseph Cotten) may be a serial killer.

The niece and uncle share their name, Charlie, and have a special bond that resonates strongly in the storyline and also in the film's visual techniques. They are introduced in parallel scenes that see them striking the same pose, and Young Charlie is convinced by the timing of his visit that there must be a telepathic connection between them. A scene in which Charlie's uncle gives her a ring plays out like an engagement, and she says to him:

"We're not just an uncle and a niece. It's something else. I know you. I know you don't tell people a lot of things. I don't either. I have a feeling that inside you there's something nobody knows about... something secret and wonderful. I'll find it out."

Initially overjoyed that her uncle's visit will pull the family out of their rut, Young Charlie is eventually forced to shake off her childlike predilections as her uncle's behaviour drifts from enigmatic to menacing, culminating in a series of harrowing encounters.

philmc gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 7 Jan 2005

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Reader comments

  1. An interesting premise with the popular Uncle turning out to be a fugitive from the police and a murderer. This movie hasn't dated very well and certainly looks its age. Some of the dialogue from female characters in the film would not stand up well to modern audiences. I prefer Hitch's later films but this nonetheless worth a look.

    Rating given: 6

    A comment from Justin on Wed 26 Oct 2005 11:53 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 6.00 (1 rating)

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