3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s SABOTEUR

Saboteur [1942]

1. Running into the bebop cat at the charity ball. “Beat it out, son. Beat it out.”
2. Curlers in her beard.
3. Perfect choice: a nasty soliloquy captured in a long shot.

You don’t hear many folks talk about this film nowadays, but seeing it again I think it’s really underrated. He’s trying out some of the ideas he’d later perfect in North by Northwest. And the script offers up some pretty provocative ideas about America and patriotism. I personally like how abrupt the ending is.

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