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To Catch a Thief
This commentary is on the 2007 "Special Collector's Edition" of the film.
Commentaries on this disc:
Directors Peter Bogdanovich and Laurent Bouzereau
Rating:8.3/10 (7 votes) [
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Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on May 20th, 2007
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Very enjoyable, especially in its blend of technical filmmaking information and personal stories and anecdotes. Bogdanovich, who knew both Grant and Hitchcock from 1961 until their deaths in the 1980s, does most of the talking, addressing questions from Bouzereau, which on the whole are smart and interesting. He asks Bogdanovich things like what Grant thought about Hitchcock, what VistaVision is, and whether Hitchcock ever referred to any of Bogdanovich's movies (he did, and favorably). The technical material is good at illustrating subjective cutting (a shot of a character's face--what the character sees--the character's reaction), which was one of Hitchcock's favorite tools, if not his very favorite. (On The Birds DVD, an audio clip of a conversation between Hitchcock and Bogdanovich can be heard in which the director says that the power of that subjective editing is "virtually limitless.") In one scene Hitchcock sort of teases the audience with some still shots of various nighttime scenes, and Bogdanovich savors the confidence of a director who can hold on such visually static shots for so long and know that the audience is still with him expecting something dramatic (which happens) and not getting bored. That's a high point--of many. There's a lot to learn and enjoy in this commentary, and neither speaker makes the film seem unduly profound--just the light romantic whodunit that it is, though extremely well made and polished, which they explain quite enjoyably.
Reviewed by Agressor on June 30th, 2008
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This commentary was really good in the way that it made me appreciate the movie more than I did before. The two contributors is steeped in Hitchcock lore and cover a wide spectrum of the production as well as other parts of Hitchcock's life and career. Bogdanovich knew both Cary Grant and Hitchcock personally and has thus some intimate knowledge about the two, which he discloses frequently during the commentary.
All in all, a very good commentary, although the two talkers sometimes sound a bit mundane and frequently interrupts each other, as well as repeat certain facts, they are very knowledgable and passionate about the director and the film.
Favourite bit: Bogdanovich's Hitchcock impersonations.
Reviewed by Uniblab on August 15th, 2010
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Very disappointing. Bogdanovich, bored to death, seemingly sleepy, repeating for the umpteenth time all the commonplaces about Hitchcock that any fan of the director is probably tired of hearing by now; at some point in the movie an umbrella shows up on the screen and Bogdanovich feels the need to tell us that it is - guess what - a fallic symbol...
Bouzereal basically does nothing but throwing Bogdanovich random questions ("Did you know Hitchcock?", "Did you know Cary Grant?", and so on and so forth.
Reviewed by musíl65 on October 12th, 2015
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Bogdanovich dominates the track, but Bouzereau keeps the commentary in flow. They are talking about nearly every aspect of the movie: the script, the locations, the cast, working in France, the style, in-jokes, the tone, the camera, the censorship etc. They make connections to other movies from Hitchcock. Bouzereau has a few points from the French point of view.
The personal stories form Bogdanovich about Hitch and Grant are a nice touch for the track.
After hearing this track you will see the movie with a new perspective.
Sometime Bogdanovitch sounds a little bit bored. The track is very good. If you interested in Hitch, don’t miss this track: 9 out of 10.
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