in about 100 words or less
US 120m, Colour
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke, Christopher Olsen
As a remake of his own 1934 thriller of the same name, the 1956 version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is an odd film which straddles the line between classic film making and a more modern approach. In classic Hitchcock style, we follow the plight of an unsuspecting family who inadvertently become involved in a political assassination plot. The film’s modern sensibility is largely a consequence of Doris Day’s curious performance of “Que Sera, Sera” amid the rescue of her kidnapped son. Despite the somewhat awkward and old-fashioned performances, the most distracting aspect of the film lay in the almost laughable rear projection shots which are highlighted by the Technicolor process (Klaus Ming December 2010).