MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
1974, Paramount, 128 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

This delightful Agatha Christie adaptation features one of the most astonishing casts in film history - including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Sean Connery and Richard Widmark, among many others. The meticulous and intricate story, which follows Hercule Poirot’s (Finney) investigation of the title crime aboard a luxury train, is a pretext for director Lumet to offer up a glorious tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood glamour.


SPELLBOUND
1945, Walt Disney Co., 111 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

When bespectacled psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman discovers Gregory Peck is not the famous visiting shrink, Dr. Edwardes but a traumatized amnesiac, she suddenly realizes she’s in love with him. But is Peck a victim of circumstance or the missing doctor’s killer? Director Alfred Hitchcock tackles Freudian territory as well as repressed memories (ably abetted by Surrealist Salvador Dali, who designed the startling dream sequence) and seamlessly blends the elements into a romantic and suspenseful spellbinder.


NOTORIOUS
1946, Walt Disney Co., 101 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s superb espionage thriller and intoxicating love story follows allied agent Cary Grant as he convinces disillusioned party girl Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a supposed traitor, to marry and spy on her father’s Nazi friend (Claude Rains). This seemingly clever plan becomes complicated by the smoldering romance that emerges between Grant and Bergman. Set in Brazil during WWII, the film has an exceptionally subtle yet menacing portrayal of the Nazis, as exemplified by Rains’ show-stealing, weirdly sympathetic performance.


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