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  • Gareth Crook

Lifeboat (1944)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

This is a bit of a rarity, a Hitchcock film I’ve not seen before. I discovered Hitch in my teens and became obsessed, watching and loving everything I could get my hands on. How this slipped the net I’m not sure, but I’m mighty pleased I’ve caught up. Nearly 75 years old, this is still faultless with a wonderful cast of characters, stuck in a lifeboat after a U-Boat takes out their WW2 ship. The dialogue is masterful and the delivery more so. Tallulah Bankhead is particularly mesmerising. The camerawork simple, before the trickery and techniques of later films, but still amazingly effective. Packed with drama, tension and a story deeper than the ocean they find themselves alone on.

9/10


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