Man Who Knew Too Much
In the construction as well as in the rigorous attention to detail, the remake is by far superior to the original.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much
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In ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much,’ one of Doris Day’s rare forays into the thriller genre, the actress introduced one of her most successful songs, the Oscar-winning hit, “Que Sera Sera.” But she also demonstrated her versatility in several harrowing and suspenseful dramatic scenes. She plays the wife of one of Hitchcock’s favorite actors, James Stewart. The movie was a box office bonanza for all parties. Hitchcock’s success during the 1940s allowed the director to employ bigger budgets and shoot on location for several of his Technicolor thrillers in the 1950s, including To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. For The Man Who Knew Too Much, a remake of his own 1934 film, Hitchcock traveled to Morocco and to London for some spectacular location scenes. In his famous series of interviews with the Master of Suspense, Francois Truffaut wrote, “In the construction as well as in the rigorous attention to detail, the remake is by far superior to the original.” The plot turns on kidnapping and assassination, all building to a concert scene in the Royal Albert Hall that climaxes memorably with the clash of a pair of cymbals.
James Stewart, Doris Day
Winner, Best Music (Original Song), Academy Awards
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of AmericaMORE
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