My Thoughts On… Saboteur

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Synopsis

Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • As you know, I’m watching Hitchcock films for my 31 Before 31 list, and I feel as though whenever I write the My Thoughts On… posts on them, I talk about the classic Hitchcockian tension. At the risk of sounding repetitive, it’s there in abundance here, as well! Kane is suspected of a fire at his place of work, a aeroplane factory, and has no way of proving his innocence. All the way through the film, he tries to stay one step ahead of the authorities while also finding out who has set him up.
  • Robert Cumming plays Barry Kane, and does so with aplomb. I very much enjoy his performance in Dial M for Murder (which is my favourite Hitchcock film), but here he takes centre stage.
  • I appreciated the special effects on display during the fire at the factory. Considering that the film was made in 1942, it was very convincing.
  • There’s a scene where Kane is trying to convey a message to Priscilla Lane’s character without the other people in the room knowing what he is saying. He points to a book on a book case called Escape, and while she doesn’t pick up on the hint, you have to give him credit for trying.
  • The ending, on the top of the Statue of Liberty, really is a classic Hitchcock climax. It’s made all the more exciting by the fact that it all takes place in silence.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo was a hard one to spot this time around; as ever I had looked it up and I was glad I had as I would never have noticed it if not!

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What I Didn’t Like

  • As ever, it’s been a while since I watched Saboteur, and as such, this isn’t the most in depth post. I can’t remember anything I didn’t enjoy about it, unless you count the fact that the DVD I was watching decided to play me up halfway through and I had to finish watching it online!

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