Torn Curtain (1966)

Torn Curtain (1966), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

When an American scientist defects to East Germany, his sorely perplexed fiance follows and becomes tangled in cold war intrigue. Having gotten in, can they get out again?

This moves a bit better than I recall, but will never be ranked as top-shelf Hitchcock. Might it be a "B" rather than a "C"? I'm doubtful.

The problems:

Good bits: the famous difficult murder in the farmhouse. The "cunning plan gone wrong" is always tension-inducing. The suspense in the theater as the police arrive is well done.

Hitchcock was not happy with the stars or the script. It was a troubled production.

Available on Blu-ray.

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