Bon Voyage (1944 film)
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Written by||Angus MacPhail
|Story by||Arthur Calder-Marshall|
|Distributed by||Milestone Films|
|Running time||26 minutes|
Bon Voyage (1944) is a short French language propaganda film made by Alfred Hitchcock for the British Ministry of Information. Although the film is short (26 minutes), and generally only of interest to Hitchcock completists, it is interesting for its use of two radically different interpretations of the same events, a technique not unlike that used by Akira Kurosawa in Rashomon (1950) and Fernando Meirelles in Cidade de Deus (2002).
The story is told in flashback, once from the perspective of the protagonist, and then a second time with a deeper understanding that is provided by the intelligence officer in London.
A Scotsman, a downed Royal Air Force air gunner who was previously a prisoner of war explains how he travelled with great difficulty through German-occupied France. He was accompanied most of the way by a companion who was another escaped prisoner of war, and they were both aided by various courageous Resistance workers. His companion gave him a letter to deliver once he reached London, supposedly a very personal and private letter.
However, when we see the Intelligence officer's explanation of the same events, it becomes clear that the gunner's companion, who was supposedly helping him along, was in fact a Gestapo spy, who murdered several of the Resistance fighters and reported the rest to the authorities, and that the "personal letter" the gunner was going to deliver in London contains secret information that would have helped the enemy.
- "Alfred Hitchcock's Bon Voyage & Aventure malgache". Milestone Films. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
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