Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt ★★★★

A teenage girl (‘Charlotte’) is enduring a drab life in the suburbs, until her charming uncle 'Charlie' comes to visit. It transpires that he is wanted for murder and Charlotte soon garners suspicions.

A dense, oblique and beautifully crafted psychological thriller. Joseph Cotten is absolutely superb as uncle Charlie, able to paint a friendly persona on the face of a cold killer. The tension ratcheting whenever his mask slips. Hitchcock intelligently framing him at strange angles - as if to expose a detached, psyche. The photography in general is stark, giving weight and atmosphere. 

A tale of high tension, unease and betrayal. Allegedly Hitchcock's favourite, and certainly one of his finest.

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