Monday, February 20, 2012

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Released Date: June 1, 1956
Directed: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, and Ralph Truman

      This movie was a remake of the same name, and done by the same director. The first adaptation was done in 1934. Alfred Hitchcock said of the movies "the first was made by a Talented Amateur, and the second was done by a Professional." He also had said that he wanted to remake the movie before because he did not think that the first one was great. I personally loved the first one too. Although I'm probably not the best judge of what is better because I think all of his movies are amazing. The man had a great talent, and I think he could have picked up anyone off of the streets and made a great movie with that person.

     This movie is about a family, a husband, a wife and their son. They go on a family vacation and everything that could possibly go wrong, does. The husband is a doctor and the wife is a famous singer. Funny that Doris Day would play the famous singer since the woman did both acting and singing. They go to Morocco for the vacation. They meet a very nice but strange man on the bus, and the rest they say is history. The wife is skeptical of the strange man on the bus and tells her husband, James Stewart. He does not think so however. They are to go out to eat dinner that night with the man from the bus, but they end up being ditched because of "important business." They shrug it off and go to dinner together without the man. They end up meeting another couple at dinner that night and the two couples get along well. The other couple ends up asking if them if they want to go to the marketplace with them the next day. Unfortunately they say yes and go. This movie will keep you on your toes. It also takes you from Morocco to England as well. And it also has a great song that is sung by Doris Day called "Que Sera Sera" which means, whatever will be will be.

     The music in this movie was done by a man that Alfred Hitchcock used in a lot of his movies. The man was Bernard Hermann. Mr. Hermann is actually in the movie at one point, conducting music at the Albert Hall at the climax of the film. This movie was part of, what movie buffs call, along with others, a part of the "five lost Hitchcock's." This means that the movies were re-released in the year 1984, after a 30 year absence. This problem was due to an issue with the rights of the film and the directors daughter. The other films might be shocking, but are: Rear Window- which is highly popular, Rope, The Trouble with Harry, and (this may come as a shock too) Vertigo.  I hope you see this movie and just realize how lucky you are to see it, due to the fact that you might not have had a chance. :)

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