Video Picks Archive
Reviews by Matt Heffernan <email@example.com>
This week my picks are East Is East (1999 - ) and North by Northwest (1959 - ).
The first film this week was a major success in England, winning
the British Academy Award
for Best British Film. It had a short run in the States, and
now comes to video. Om Puri stars as a Pakistani immigrant
who raised a family in Manchester with his English wife
(Linda Bassett). Their children, who are coming of age in
the 1970s, are torn between the culture they have grown up
in and the traditions tyrannically imposed by their father.
East Is East manages to address these issues seriously
while still being a wonderful comedy. Whether this duality
makes a good film is up to the viewer, but it does get
my strong recommendation.
So, what does that film have to do with Hitchcock's great American adventure? Nothing, outside of a vaguely similar title. Cary Grant stars as an advertising executive who is mistaken for a spy, and ends up getting chased across the country by James Mason and Martin Landau (in once of his first screen roles). At his side is Eva Marie Saint, as the requisite blonde double agent. Probably Hitch's most entertaining film, North by Northwest is pure cinematic joy. The pace never slows, and Ernest Lehman's witty dialogue is a perfect complement to the exciting action. It is finally available on DVD, complete with a documentary hosted by Saint and an audio commentary from Lehman.
For more information, visit the Internet Movie Database:
East Is East (1999)
North by Northwest (1959)
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