#35 Torn Curtain

July 22, 2016

 

Two decorated actors star in an espionage thriller that is unfortunately short on thrills and painfully uneventful. Paul Newman and Julie Andrews have marginal chemistry on the screen and don’t uplift a rather mediocre script with any pre-existing star power to fall back on. A few memorable scenes are the film’s only saving grace, one in which a rather impressive villain is defeated in a horrifying scene regarding kitchen wear and oven temperature. Otherwise an overlying theme of communism, nazism, and secret agents adds a certain mystique to the film, only to be disappointed by flat performances and monotonous dialogue that together turn in the worst Hitchcock film of all time.

 

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