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The 39 Steps (1935)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection release of "The 39 Steps."

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Alfred Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane Rating:7.0/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by am1001 on June 5th, 2004:Find all reviews by am1001
Disappointing commentary. Delivery is pretty flat and she doesn't really have that much to say thats interesting.
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on May 14th, 2006:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
Well, I may have to disagree with the previous review. I have heard other commentaries on Hitchcock by Marion Keane where I would be more inclined to side with the comments above, but here I think she really illuminates the film in a consistently wonderful way. She is attentive to visual elements (pointing out the first canted angle in the music hall scene), structual elements, and biographical information about the participants. It strikes me as a model for DVD commentaries. I have been disappointed in the way some of Keane's later Hitchcock commentaries have gotten a bit mired in dwelling on "the camera's gaze" to the exclusion of other elements, but here she has everything well balanced and packaged. I probably need to listen again to her tracks on Notorious and Spellbound to see if I'm being too harsh, but this one still seems excellent.
Reviewed by closedface on March 1st, 2009:Find all reviews by closedface
Very dry and has that flat film professor feel of simply running down the themes and techniques.

If you like historian commentaries where you might learn about the production history itself or the actors or the reception such as those from Tom Weaver or Rudy Behlmer, Michael F Blake or Tim Lucas or even types like Kim Newman or Sir Christopher Frayling, this commentary is not for you.