The Lady Vanishes Reviews
The Lady Vanishes Is A Slow Moving Thriller With Excellent Performances From The Entire Cast. The Film Differs From Most Hitchcock Films, Mainly Due To The Fact That The Project Was Almost Fully Flushed Out When Hitchcock Came To The Table. The Other Point Is That The Film Is Beautifully Fluid, And It Doesn't Contain An Over The Top Ending Sequence That Doesn't Fit In With The Rest Of The Film.
Despite Being Unusual For A Hitchcock Film, It Is One Of His Better Ones. The Film Is Excellently Made, Has A Solid Story, A Great Script, Great Performances And Of Course Excellent Direction, Making It An Extremely Enjoyable Film. Sadly However The Film Has Severely Dated.
So cleverly written. Wildeian. The gunfight at the end was exceptionally implausible. More so than the rest. Also, there's no hint as to the conflict or who the antagonists are. I don't need full background. Just some indication. There are relatively trite criticisms for an overall superior work. I was so happy to see the pacifist die. What happened to the enemy holding them hostage with one bullet on the train at the end?! He's just gone in the next scene! We're supposed to believe that because the train got going, he just sat down & handed the gun over? This is the biggest faux pas. A very interesting mix of mystery & comedy.
Lockwood is gorgeous.
I would hate to use this movie to introduce a viewer to the art of Alfred Hitchcock.
The film takes place in , where two Englishmen are on their way back home. Also on her way home is a young women (Lockwood), who intends to marry her suitor when she arrives. On the night before the trip, she meets a young man and an elderly women named Mrs. Froyd. Whilst on the train the following day, her elderly companion disappears, and no one acknowledges she ever existed.
While the plot is quite simple, this was a very good film. Hitchcock does a brilliant job directing this little film. What I found most impressive were the miniatures and set pieces. I think back to a film last year. The Grand Budapest Hotel-directed by Wes Anderson-is similar to this classic in some respects. I can definitely see where Anderson possibly got some inspiration. The wonderful sets, costumes, and beautiful black and white cinematography make this a superb movie. Also, the script was delightful! It's full of fantastic dialogue and witty humor.