Combustible Celluloid
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With: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjoerg Felmy, Tamara Toumanova, Ludwig Donath, Wolfgang Kieling, Gunter Strack, David Opatoshu, Gisela Fischer, Mort Mills, Carolyn Conwell, Arthur Gould-Porter, Gloria Gorvin
Written by: Brian Moore
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 125
Date: 14/07/1966

Torn Curtain (1966)

3 Stars (out of 4)

'Curtain' Call

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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A strangely muted, dull effort, though still worthy of attention. Paul Newman plays an American who may or may not be a defector. Julie Andrews plays his confused fiancée who decides to follow him to Russia at any cost. Reportedly, Hitchcock and Newman did not get along, and the film also marked the unhappy end of Hitch's collaboration with composer Bernard Herrmann. This gloomy atmosphere seems to permeate the final film, but it contains some breathtaking moments, such as a long, slow, gruesome murder scene. The DVD reconstructs certain alternate scenes with Herrmann's completed score in place, and it's a vast improvement.

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