Titus Techera, who hosts a podcast for the American Cinema Foundation on which he and his guests discuss important films of the past and present, invited me back earlier this week for the latest in a series of conversations about film noir and “noir-adjacent” films. In the latest episode, we discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, written by Ernest Lehman, scored by Bernard Herrmann, and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, and Martin Landau. Our hour-long chat is now available on line.
Here’s Titus’ summary of our conversation:
To listen to or download this episode, go here.
Titus and Terry Teachout talk about North by Northwest, Hitchcock’s perfect comedy. We move by way of thriller from the noir to what it would take for a noir hero, betrayed by a beautiful woman, nevertheless to find his way to romance in the element of comedy. Cary Grant pulls off a performance by turns comic and tragic, trying to make sense of life in modern America, and ends up getting married.
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Alfred Hitchcock introduces North by Northwest: