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June 28, 2013


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I'm hardly an expert, but "The Lady Vanishes" might be the first film in which Hitchcock puts all the pieces together to make a cohesive, satisfying whole. "TLV" is practically the blueprint for what I'll call Hollywood entertainments. It has romance and light comedic touches embedded in a fairly high-stakes scenario. I watched it again not long ago and was impressed with how well it plays even now. I especially enjoyed the performances of the two middle-aged British travelers, which are pitch perfect and genuinely funny even to the "contemporary sensibility."

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