North By Northwest


“North By Northwest” is perhaps the most “Hitchcock” Hitchcock movie of all time. That’s what he asked Ernest Lehman to write. It steals mostly from “The 39 Steps” (also a classic) but references many others. It has a soft spot in my heart because I studied this (for its perfect 3 act structure) when I went to film school.

It’s an “innocent man on the run” story, it’s incredibly funny and entertaining and there are so many twists and turns it makes your head spin. The cast is great, there are unforgettable set-pieces and the score by Herrmann is wonderful. And it ends with perhaps the most notorious and hilarious final shot in movie history.

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