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North by Northwest

Title: North by Northwest
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Ernest Lehman
Year: 1959

I have never been a thriller aficionado, at least not when it comes to films. In my teens, I liked thriller authors such as Frederick Forsyth, Eric Lustbader and Robert Ludlum, but not today. Therefore, North by Northwest feels a bit nostalgic, even though I have not seen it before. The plot revolves around Roger Thornhill, a businessman who is falsely assumed to be an FBI agent. Soon, he is suspected of several crimes, including murder, and has to flee for his life. As the film progresses, he seems to grow into the role someone else has created for him.

This film is neatly held together with very few loose strings. The story is not too obvious, has some interesting turning points and manages to keep my attention throughout its entire length. Still, I do not love thrillers and a film such as this can only be interesting to a certain degree. North by Northwest comes close to that degree, earning four snails.

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