Friday, October 28, 2005
Hitchcock go Queer tonight at TCM
'Strangers On a Train' is the one great Hitchcock movie that seems to get lost among the others of his filmmaking career. Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, (The Talented Mr. Ripley). Highsmith apparently invented the genre of the serial killer homosexual, with Bruno's fascination for Guy seemingly not limited to conscripting him to murder his father The homoerotic character, not only explicit in Walker's Bruno, but also throughout the action as a strong concurrent subtext.... Oh sure, it's no more than subtext (it's 1951 after all) but the psychosis of the queer character moves fluidly between the surface action and the implication of his relationship with Haines.
Along with Rebecca, Strangers on a Train is perhaps my favorite film of director Alfred Hitchcock. An extraordinarily tense film, twisted and delightfully playful in its delivery, you forget yourself for the entire running time.The film moves fast and the climax aboard a runaway merry go round provides the perfect ending to one great film.