Month: July 2013

“Cactus Flower” (1969): An Unexpected Gem

"Cactus Flower" isn't just "Apartment" through kaleidoscopic love-in glasses; the plot is a post-War screwball comedy, the script full of screwballesque exchanges between men and women. As in any good screwball, the lies people tell or pretenses they create to avoid romantic entanglements finally land them in the arms of their true partner.

Hitchcock Double Vision: Blackmail and North by Northwest

One thing that struck me the second time around was the arrangement of actors during the blackmail-over-breakfast scene, when Tracy attempts to squeeze Alice. It wasn't just that it looked familiar, but that the dynamic among the characters was familiar, too. It's an arrangement that's repeated in a few times in "Blackmail."