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25/06-08Hitchcocks syn på skæbne
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In the opening of Strangers of a train we pan in on the feet of two completely strange men walking towards a train, each with a different pair of shoes. Two totally random men, whose faces we are yet to see. These two men just randomly happen to sit ...(read more)opposite eachother in the train wagon, and thus the intriguing plot begins.
One is Guy Haines, a famous tennis player going into politics and going through a divorce, the other, Bruno Anthony, a man with strange ideas that one has to try everything once before they die. Bruno is a twisted guy who thinks up a sceme to switch murders. Bruno wants Guy to kill off Bruno's father and in return Bruno will kill Guy's wife, so he can marry a senator's daughter. Guy takes it all as one big joke, but Bruno however is not.

Strangers on a Train is a very character driven movie especially the character of Bruno, played by Robert Walker, is fascinating to watch. He's a really twisted character, much like Norman Bates in Psycho, Bruno lets his dark side take over, and will stop at nothing to get what is owed to him. He's determined to succeed and never yields not even at the very end. There's especially one scene that tell us so much about Bruno, the scene at the Carnivale where Bruno on purpose coldly pops a little kids balloon, making you think -wow if this guy can just do that without any conscience and then moments later kill Guy's wife and right after that help an old blind man over the street like nothing had happened. This guy is seriously messed up. Robert Walker plays Bruno brilliantly and should have gotten some sort of recognition for the portryal of this difficult role, but unfortunately he never did. Rober Walker died a year later, so he never got the fame he well deserved. Yet the memory of the great Robert Walker will live on in his performance of Bruno Anthony forever. One of the greatest unknown performances you'll ever see.

The meeting of these two characters is Hitchcocks take of simple fate and how that fate envolves for the worse for all the characters involved, mixed in occasionally with a bit of dark humor which is partly brought to life by the character Barbara Morton, played by Hitchcock's own daughter Patricia Hitchcock.

Strangers on a Train is not one of Hitchcocks greatest movies, serveral scenes seems to go on a little too much and some of the suspense seems dragged at times, especially the big Tennis match scene seem to going on for too long, but considering Hitchock had tons of footage of the tennis match, he actually did a good job putting it together. The flaws aside Strangers on a Train is still a solid and suspenseful movie, that proves to be another landmark for good old Hitch.


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