December 14, 2009


Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest remains a reference piece for fans of Mid-Century Modern design and spy/thriller yarns. The film showed the director continuing many elements and conventions he'd established throughout his long career starting in the silent era: the dashing man wrongly accused, combining suspense with humor, action motivated by a MacGuffin, and a nail-biting climax in a larger-than-life, landmark setting. But the alchemy of Cary Grant (and a brilliant cast), Mid-Century aesthetics, Mount Rushmore, and a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired set firmly establish this as a time capsule of the Cold War and a crystalization of Hitchcock's vision. The film recently made its debut on Blu-ray and is currently a low $18.99 on Amazon! More at Spy Vibe's North By Northwest coverage.

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