MYTHICAL CINEMA SHOTS (3/7) – All summer, we tell you behind the scenes of a cult image taken from a masterpiece of the seventh art. This week: the legendary plan of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic (1959). A textbook case.
It is probably not his greatest – we can prefer him Rebecca, Rear Window, The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Psychosis Where Cold sweat -, but Death on the heels is Alfred Hitchcock’s most popular film. The suspense is weak, the film hesitates between espionage and comedy (see the facetious final scene of the train entering a tunnel), the scenario is confused, but formally, it is a masterpiece. It hits screens a year later. Cold sweat which was a flop. During his filming, the relationship between the director and Kim Novak was catastrophic. According to Truffaut, who conducted lengthy interviews with the filmmaker, Hitchcock blamed the failure of the film on the face of James Stewart who “sagged”.
For his next project, he would therefore work with Cary Grant, a former accomplice of The Hand in the Collar and chained, sexier, more intense, also capable of clowning around and not skimping on her devastating smile. The man who invented George Clooney. And…