Talk:Shadow of a Doubt
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Was there a cameo by Hitchcock in this film? Winick88 10:56, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
- Yes. See List_of_Hitchcock_cameo_appearances Maguirer 04:00, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
- I'm working on adding them to the films now Philbertgray 16:34, 1 December 2006 (UTC)
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In "The Birds" (1963), which takes place in the Northern California town of Bodega Bay, reference is made to nearby Santa Rosa, locale of "Shadow of a Doubt" 20 years earlier. Maccb (talk) 05:12, 26 February 2008 (UTC)
And if you've ever been to Santa Rosa, at Railroad Square as it's now called..it gives one goosebumps to know they stood and acted, right there. Also across the street is Hotel La Rose, built w/ the same type of grey stone as the rail station. the little(Depot)park has trees planted by Luther Burbank, the famous botanist. His home there is now a museum. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:44, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
The cite given for the statement in the opening paragraph of this article that 'Hitchcock often said it was his personal favorite' in fact only states that the film was "purported to be his personal favorite." The cited article offers no evidence even for that statement. In Hitchcock's famous interviews with Francois Truffaut, Truffaut mentions that it's Hitchcock's favorite, and Hitchcock replies, "I wouldn't say it's my favorite." If there is a legitimate cite for the claim that Hitchcock (frequently, no less) named it as his favorite, fine, but the one given only makes an uncited claim about what's 'purported'. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 02:34, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
- Agreed, this is too vague to be cited, and is indeed contradicted in the Truffaut book. Removing... Mdiamante (talk) 02:08, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
- I find it to be the most error-prone of the big three (IMDb, TCM). IMDb is not considered to be a WP:Reliable source, so I doubt that Allmovie is either. Clarityfiend (talk) 00:48, 18 September 2010 (UTC)
I think that the subject of telepathy is dealt with in this film: there seems to be some sort of telepathic communication between the uncle and his neice. Am I wrong? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:32, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
- There is some synchronicity involved, but not telepathy. Yworo (talk) 22:03, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
- The film script contains the idea that the two Charlies are very similar indeed in a lot of ways, so similar perhaps that the script makes it look as if young Charlie can sometimes read Uncle Charlie's mind. At the same time though, the two Charlies are mirror images, opposites, the good and evil versions of one character type. I think the idea of telepathy is played with in the script, but not shown to be definite. The idea of a doppelganger is also referenced I think. I also believe the movie talks about the delusions inherent in romantic love or crushes, when you imagine you know the other person so intimately, whereas in fact there is so much you don't know and can't imagine about the other person. Invertzoo (talk) 13:49, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
- According to this detailed synopsis, the man mistakenly suspected of being the Merry Widow Murderer died in Maine, hardly enough to merit a category. Clarityfiend (talk) 04:54, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
breaking your own rules
No one seems ever to have remarked on the fact that Hitchcock broke his own rule about "surprise versus suspense": If two people are sitting at a table and a bomb suddenly goes off, you scare the audience for 15 seconds. But if the audience knows there's a bomb, you can keep it on the edge of its collective seat for five minutes. Hitchcock does this perfectly in Sabotage.
By revealing who Uncle Charlie is right at the beginning, Hitchcock destroys the film's suspense. The audience should be just as much in the dark about Uncle Charlie as his niece is, its discomfort building with hers. But there's no "shadow of a doubt" in the audience's mind.
This could be fixed by a simple edit that removes (or repositions) the opening scene. It would be interesting to see how modern viewers unfamiliar with the film react to this. WilliamSommerwerck (talk) 16:20, 15 March 2014 (UTC)