Criterion Year Week 63: Foreign Correspondent

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Foreign Correspondent

Spine Number: 696

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genre: Suspense


I have said, for years, that if you give a great script to a bad director that you will get an OK movie, and if you gave a bad script to a brilliant director, you will also get an OK movie. Essentially, if the basic story is solid enough it will shine through, no matter how bad the director. Conversely, if the basic story isn't solid no director, regardless of skill, can turn it into something great.

This is the case with Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent."


This is the issue with Foreign Correspondent. It has all the elements of a classic Hitchcock movie, but the story is just missing too many little parts to make it really good. It's not bad, but it is just a few shuffled elements away from being really good.

But that's ok. Even a lower tier Hitchcock is better than what most people can do, so in that regard it's pretty good.

We also go off quite a bit about soda, for some reason. Which is always nice.

So, check it out.



Next week,  

 Spine number 699:A Brief History of Time

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