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Worst Hitchcock movie ever?
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
I watched "It Takes a Thief" just before this movie. Same director, Carey Grant stars. "It Takes a Thief" plays well even now. Grace Kelly is a strong woman who is on an equal footing with Cary Grant. Strong, smart. The plot has the right pacing, nothing overdone. The cinematography is exquisite. By comparison, this movie is a disaster. Gads, Hepburn's character is so lame by comparison to Kelly's. The woman would sell her soul to Grant if he smiled sideways at her. I'm not a feminist type but this was too much for me to stomach. Gag. Other characters like George Kennedy's, ugh. What a waste of a good actor. Finally, the plot is contrived. Too many silly pseudo-dramatic scenes that go on and on. The final stage scene is ridiculous. There is no stage that is designed that way, it's preposterous. They should have taken away the screenwriter's artistic license. Finally, I don't know how a director like Hitchcock could make Paris seem so unappealing.