The Farmer's Wife (1928)
The Farmer's Wife (1928)
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A rustic farmer searches high and low for the perfect wife -- only eventually realizing that he's in love with his long-time housekeeper. Another of Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock's early non-suspenser silents, this one based on a stageplay.
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Critic Reviews for The Farmer's Wife
It has been nicely directed with a keen eye for the sunlight and shadows over the winding country roads, and the indoor scenes are always correct as to furnishings.
Hitchcock disliked the film, but it offers an unusual glimpse of the master before he settled into thrillers. Matters of marriage were always much on Hitchcock's mind.
Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy
Enjoyable pastoral silent comedy of manners, that's more interesting as a curio than as one of the Master's better films.
Modern-day fans of his work will see many directorial flourishes that hint at the mastery he displays in later films.
Audience Reviews for The Farmer's Wife
Not a terribly interesting silent film from a young Alfred Hitchcock. I didn't get too engrossed in it's story or characters. I think the best silent films were either comedies (like Chaplin or Keaton), epics (like D.W. Griffith), and stylistic horror films (German Expressionism rules!). Hitchcock's silent work is rather mundane (with the exception of "The Lodger"), whether compared to his own later work or just the silent films of the time period. He would really shine when sound was introduced, being one of the few directors who managed to quickly figure out how to use it properly early on...and he would go on to create some great suspenseful films. But here so early on in his career he is still learning, and while I feel his films were often competent...they didn't thrill too often. It's overly long for a plot as simple as a widower trying to find a new wife too.
Very expressive. A film I would not have guessed Alfred Hitchcock was capable of making. A silent comedy no less.
To my liking, the beginning was a bit choppy, was unable to tell whom was whom, or who these characters were. Somewhere after ten minutes of it, I was able to see clearly who the characters were and understand what was happening. There was a lot of symbolism in this film if you watch very closely. The music very much helps the tune of the movement of this motion picture, helping you feel the right mood at the right places. At the end of the film, you are left with a broad smile and warm heart!
Being a Chaplin fan, I had found the body expressions to well done in telling the story. Perhaps I was expecting more use of the light and shadow, knowing Hitchcock is very well known for his suspense films, but over all I think it was indeed worth seeing a new light of his work!
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