13 January 2014

North by Northwest

Boy, Cary Grant,


meets girl, Eva Marie Saint.


This being 1959, they are on a train.


And hands,


lots


of hands.


Through the adroit use of shaving cream, and sunglasses, or just general Cary Grant-ness, boy manages, in the main, to avoid the notice of the police and ordinary citizens all over.

Meanwhile, on his journey, he undertakes challenges such as shaving with a miniature razor.





And escaping from a cropdusting plane!









"Yes I was wearing this shirt during the events depicted above."


"You know, I have a sneaking suspiscion we may be in a Japanese themed room, look at that cherry blossom branch on the wall."


"Yes, I'm certain somebody attained satori making the ikebana next to the statues of monks over here."


"Are you sure you like it? I can have room service send up another room?"


What a lovely dress.


Anyhow, whatever happened to the fade in fade out technique, if I may call it that?




I watched this movie to observe the famed kinetic photography of the credits and was enchanted by the use of shadow and silouhettes.

Cary Grant obviously has a very good tan for an Englishman. He was married five times. Minus the death count, he was clearly competing with Henry VIII.

This scene is from the public entrance to the UN General Assembly in New York. Construction finished in 1952.


It reminds me of the Guggenheim Museum, next to Central Park. From this angle anyway. Opened in 1959.



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