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.
The only ordeal bigger than contemplating an empty household is trying to fill it in this fond comedy of humiliation
This early Hitchcock silent film (a comedy, no less) is probably only going to be of interest to Hitchcock enthusiasts, and even then they're going to have to be rabidly enthusiastic.
Despite the early plot give-away the film's robust caricatures and gentle humour keep things bowling along nicely.
Audience Reviews for The Farmer's Wife
I'm more of a fan of the American Silent films I'm afraid to say and there is very little of the Hitchcock he would go on to become here - although some of the special effects are pretty impressive. I'm afraid though that the story is a bit too simple for the 90 minutes + too, of course it's impressive for it's time and it's easy to say it hasn't aged well but unless you're a hardcore Hitchcock fan, you needn't go out of your way for it. I've rated it for the credit it is due, not on entertainment value (if that makes sense?)More
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