Cinema: Half Hitch

SISTERS

Directed by BRIAN DE PALMA

Screenplay by BRIAN DE PALMA and LOUISA ROSE

Sisters is being promoted as a routine shocker of the kind that has made its distributor, American-International, rich and infamous. But it is something more—and more interesting—than that. It is a homage by a gifted, if erratic, young director, Brian de Palma (Hi Mom, Greetings), to one of cinema's genuine masters, Alfred Hitchcock.

The theme is Hitchcockian: a demonstration of the way private sexual obsession has a way of spilling over into public, with murderous consequences (Vertigo). There are innocent bystanders...

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