The last film that I watched was Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. The way he intercuts Guy's tennis match with Bruno reaching for the lighter is one of my fave scenes in all of cinema. Not only is the tennis match entertaining to watch on its own, the suspense builds up palpably as the fate of Guy's life is all in the hands of a simple lighter. Hitchcock has said that the editing of the tennis match befuddled him as there was so much footage that could be tinkered with. What we end up with is one of the most natural, exciting, energetic sports events ever manifested on film meticulously and brilliantly intercut with a psychopath pulling out all the stops to get a hold of a usually innocuous item. Dimitri Tiomkin's contrasting and powerful themes between both scenes gives the intercutting even more thematic urgency and resonance.
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9/13/06 at 8:06pm