Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Clive Swift, Bernard Cribbins, Michael Bates, Jean Marsh, John Boxer, Madge Ryan, George Tovey, Elsie Randolph
Written by: Anthony Shaffer, based on a novel by Arthur La Bern
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 116
Date: 05/25/1972

Frenzy (1972)

4 Stars (out of 4)

The English Slay-Gent

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This is one of Hitchcock's best and least appreciated films, with the Master getting a creative boost after a minor slump. It combines the two plots he loved best; the Method of the Murderer, and the Man Falsely Accused. It also returned the great director to England, where he was born and hadn't made a film since 1939. Hitchcock had been aware of the increasing allowance for sex and violence in films, and adjusted his formula accordingly. Certain scenes in Frenzy contain nudity and violence, perhaps all the more shocking because we don't expect them in a Hitchcock film. And finally, Hitchcock slices in slabs of his trademark dark humor, showing a hapless police captain who must endure his wife's awful cooking. Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, The Wicker Man) wrote the screenplay.

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