Daily Archives: August 29, 2011

Notorious

Some film scholars think that Notorious is Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest movie.  I don’t agree; I think the “master of suspense” reached his peak about ten years later, beginning with Rear Window and continuing through 1963’s The BirdsBut hey, Notorious is still top-notch filmmaking, and it has Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. What more do you want?  Watch it for free by clicking here.

 

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by Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl was, at times, too gifted a writer for his own good.  Dahl’s short stories in this collection (by the way, not written for children) are so devilishly entertaining, so artful at building suspense, that some of their endings can’t possibly live up to what precedes them.  But often they do.  Dahl’s tales of murder and the macabre are a showcase for colorful characters, locations and – above all – black humor, and so when some of the twist endings fall a bit flat, all is forgiven.

 

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