Top 3 Reasons Why North by Northwest is the Best Hitchcock Film

Posted by Claire Dunderman July 8, 2013 1 Comment 7962 views

Hitchcock is arguably one of the best directors of all time. Actually, scratch that – Hitchcock is one of the best directors of all time. He maintained excellence and quality throughout his entire career, and fomented some of the strongest careers in acting history – Stewart and Grant greatly benefited from being in Hitchcock films. His best, however, is undoubtedly North by Northwest. Yes, are there many very good Hitchcock films, many classics. Indeed. But here is my reasoning for naming North by Northwest the best Hitchcock Film.

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3. The chemistry between characters

Still image from "North by Northwest"

Sexy, suave, and substantive, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint make quite a fine pair. From their starting conversation on the train to the harrowing escape they make off of Mount Rushmore, you’re rooting for these two the minute they make flirty eye contact. Also, the rapport between Grant and Masons’ characters as protagonist and antagonist is steely and spiky – you always feel like you’re on your toes whenever the two are in a room together.

2. The suspense

Still image from "North by Northwest"

While everyone knows the fact that the airplane is going to swoop down and try to kill Grant because it has become such an iconic scene, think about watching that scene for the first time – even if you didn’t know what was going to happen, you most definitely could get a sense that something was up. Something big was about to go down. But Hitch made sure that you had to wait for it.

1. The story and the twist

Still image from "North by Northwest"

I don’t want to give away the twist if you haven’t seen it. But I will say this – this is one of the most unpredictable films, the story remains fresh throughout the entire duration, and it has gems of humorous moments mixed in. A writer should take note at the quality of storytelling that this film displays.

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  1. Richard
    - July 9, 2013
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    Good, I’m glad I’m not alone. I know a proper elitist should prefer ‘Vertigo’, but, as Stewart tells Bel Geddes, “That’s not funny.”

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