Cinema: Hitchcock by Clement

It takes a lot of gumption these days to make a film that does not pander to youthful passion, express the abysmal views of a gloomy philosopher-director or explore assorted perversions in nude, sweaty detail. Particularly risky is the idea of filming an old-fashioned Hitchcockian murder mystery in all its creaking intricacy. That is precisely what French Director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games, Gervaise) has done in Rider on the Rain.

Thanks to Clement's superb sense of mood and control, the film skips along so briskly that the viewer forgets that two hours is a...

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