Matthew Lickona 1:30 p.m., Aug. 26
Shadow of a Doubt
- Rated NR | 1 hour, 48 minutes
The story of an adolescent girl's pampering affection for her pet uncle (both are called Charlie), and of her vengeful about-face when she discovers he's the notorious "Merry Widow Murderer," is, so they say, one of Hitchcock's personal favorites among his movies. Not a bad choice. The direction is typically tricksy and overemphatic in the suspense machinations, but there is some honest observation of small-town ways (due partly, no doubt, to the script by Thornton Wilder, and partly to the location work around Santa Rosa, Ca.); and there is some genuine psychological complexity in the Teresa Wright (or Little Charlie) character. With Joseph Cotten and Hume Cronyn. 1943.