SUSPICION/HITCHCOCK ETC.

Here’s a nifty little doc about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 semi-masterwork ‘Suspicion’ starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine who won an Oscar for her role as the deeply suspicious wife who suspects her husband of planning on murdering her. Much has been made over the years about the ending of this film and whether or not it makes any sense. Must I adhere to the silly ‘no spoilers’ rule that ridiculously has come to rule the discussion of any film? No, I can do what I want. It’s my Goddam Blog. Anyway, if you’re reading this you’ve probably seen the movie and know that the ultimate question is ‘will he or won’t he murder his wife…’–is the suspicion merely in her head and the product of a fervid (and deeply paranoid) imagination or is she correct about her husband’s dark intents? And in the end…oh, never mind. I don’t want to spoil it, though I will say that the ending is a largely unsatisfactory one. Many Hitchcock buffs protest this opinion and see in the ending the ultimate Hitchcockian twist, one that he assiduously laid the groundwork for throughout the bulk of the film’s running time. This doc, however, knocks this opinion on its ass by showing us that Hitchcock wanted to end the film in the completely opposite way and was prevailed upon by the powers to be to not do so. I realize I’m speaking in code so just watch the above doc and see what I’m blathering about. And if you haven’t seen ‘Suspicion’ put it on the top of your Hitch-List, murky ending or no. Bonus point: in this doc you get to see Peter Bogdanovich doing both his Hitchcock and his Cary Grant impression…

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