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The Lady Vanishes
This commentary is only on the Criterion Collection release.
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Film historian Bruce Eder
Rating:7.9/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by Uniblab on April 20th, 2009
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A professional and generally insightful commentary by Bruce Eder, available on the Criterion Collection 2007 2-disc reissue DVD, as well as on the original one. He talks about the movie in its various aspects, and also about its place in Hitchcock's career; the contribution to it by screenwriters Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat; and the historical context in which the movie was made and takes place, with Europe in general and England in particular on the brink of WWII.
However, the commentary certainly has its deficiencies. Eder sounds like he's reading from a previously-written essay, which can be tiring for the listener; he also makes in the beginning a brief polemical remark ("In a time when the United States is wrecking Middle Eastern countries by mistake...") that's distracting and misplaced. Eder also betrays, in a couple of instances, a disdain, if not hostility toward the well-known Catholic elements present in Hitchcock movies.
That said, these minor defects certainly don't cause Eder's commentary to deserve the undoubtedly strange "0" grade it has got from a voter (see the vote distribution "graph" on the side of the average grade).
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