Essential Art House: The 39 Steps

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  • 39 STEPS, THE ESSENTIAL ART HOUSE (DVD MOVIE)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s prototypical – wrong man – adventure, the dazzling 39 STEPS is considered the British director’s true commercial and artistic breakthrough. Presaging such tense against-the-odds thrillers as The Man Who Knew Too Much and North by Northwest, it follows the exciting exploits of Richard Hannay (Robert Donat), a dapper everyman who ends up on the run after his identity is mistaken for that of a murderer.Amazon.com essential video
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Essential Art House: The 39 Steps

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  1. WHILE VIEWING THIS, I HAD BECOME LOST IN A SENSE. WHAT DOES ONE EXPECT FROM HITCHCOCK? SUSPENSE THAT INTRIGUES YOU GREATLY AT TIMES. BUT THIS FILM LACKS THESE ATTRIBUTES. THERE WERE GOOD SCENES THAT HELPED THE FILM GREATLY, BUT THE LACK OF SUSPENSFUL SOUND IS WHAT CREATES THE SMALL QUALITY OF AN ENDLESS BORE. MUSIC IS WHAT CREATES SUSPENSE. TAKE “PSYCHO” FOR EXAMPLE. NOW JUST PICTURE THE SHOWER SCENE, WITHOUT THE CLASSIC OVERTURE THAT IS WELL KNOWN TO SCARE PEOPLE: ALONG WITH THE SCREAMS ETC. THIS FILM LACKS MUSIC. MUSIC IS THE MOST POWERFUL MOOD CREATOR EVER. I DO REALIZE THAT THIS IS ONE OF HITCHCOCKS EARLIER FILMS AND THE SOUND IS SOMEWHAT HORRIBLE. THIS IS MOST AGREEABLY, HIS BEST BRITISH FILM. I WOULD SUGGEST SEEING IT AND YOU WILL SEE FOR YOURSELF THE OUTCOME. THE ENDING IS NOT WELL PLANNED. IT HAPPENS TOO QUICKLY WITHOUT MUCH BACKUP. FURTHUREMORE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF HITCHCOCK’S BEST BLACK AND WHITE SOUND FILMS, I WOULD HIGHLY RECCOMEND “THE LADY VANISHES”
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Hitchcock’s warping of Buchan’s classic just can’t be excused.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. From the title of this movie “The 39 Steps” you would think that it is a movie about the 39 Steps. After all, titles are usually selected because they tell you something about the movie. Am I correct, or just an idiot?

    However, disappointingly, this movie is in no way about the 39 Steps. The real 39 Steps are not discussed at all in the film. Perhaps it’s because Hitchcock is such a poor director and could not fathom what a real spy organization would be like. In fact, it is implicitly assumed throughout the film that the members are German.

    The 39 Steps do not appear in the movie. It is never explained why they are called “Steps”. It is never shown what the 39 are. Endless amounts of time are spent in unrelated escapades in the countryside. Some iron bridge is called a “testament to Scottish muscle and engineering” which is laughable. And to top it all off the main character is not even a member of the group. We never are told what his profession is. What are the characters going to do after the curtains go down? Any normal people behaving like the man and woman in this movie would have lost their jobs long before the movie ended. Yet they seem to have an endless amount of money left over to bribe farmers, pay for inns, transportation, and the like. Only trust fund babies could possibly be the protagonists in this poorly thought out film. That said, I wont give it zero stars because it is mildly entertaining.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Choose “The Birds” over this any day. This movie was not a five-star movie! The ending was too abrupt, and the secret was hard to hear because he was talking too fast. Classic, indeed!
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. This movie is sooooo boring.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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