Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lifeboat (1944)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast:Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak. 97 min. War.

A 90-minute movie happening entirely on a lifeboat? Not even today anybody dares such a feat. Hitch reminds again of his style of making movies (a movie without editing, a movie without soundtrack, a movie filmed from a window, ...) that if ever repeated, people would say: "Hitchcock did that first!". By sticking a few survivors of a WWII ship with the Nazi captain who torpedoed their ship, on the same lifeboat, Hitchcock creates an environment that does not leave his hate for Nazis to imagination. Interesting how much more complicated the "enemy among us" has become in movies these days.

Mo says:


  1. One of the things I'm always amazed about Hitchcock, is he was never fallowing a proven formula all of the time and as well as he was able to shock you by masterpieces like Psycho, Vertigo, Notorious, North by Northwest&..., he could make you stick on your seat (during a movie with all characteristic you mentioned & sometimes a little boring) and remain curious enough to see what will happen to these survivors at last.I liked your description of "enemy among us".Perfect!

  2. Exactly! I have to admit that some parts were boring, but I couldn't let go! How can you risk not watching a Hitchcock movie till they end?