north by northwest

Old movie night again at the Stanford Theater! This time it was North by Northwest, one of the best. I have a hard time picking a favorite Hitchcock film but this one’s in the running for sure.

It also contains the scariest scene from any Hitchcock film: Cary Grant in a towel! Okay, the man was 55, so the skinny arms, droopy pecs, curved spine, and overall tawny man-glow just came with the territory, but yikes. And then that cleft chin on top — it looks like some tabloid Photoshop job. I’ll never understand how that was considered irresistible.

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