The 39 Steps ★★★★★

The first Hitchcock film, perhaps. Certainly an incredible specimen of structure and pacing. Almost unsettling how discrete the intertwining of sex and violence is, how innocent the film can seem compared to VERTIGO or even NOTORIOUS.

First time watching after having read Buchan's novel, and it's interesting to see various elements reconfigured and recontextualized, and the way that Hannay's run-in with the police is handled almost feels like Hitch trolling readers of the novel!