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39 Step Salute

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by dcairns

I knocked off a quick video essay… well, I hesitate to call it an essay. A book report would be more like it.

Closeups of hands, mostly, from THE 39 STEPS, with some possibly familiar music. Hands are important in this film — see how many of them YOU can spot.

The point of the exercise is rhythmic rather than intellectual — about the only point made is that there are lots of shots of hands in the film — to some extent this is a result of two plot points, the handcuffs and the villain identified by his missing digit. But I think Hitch must have noticed this connection and capitalized on it, particularly with the end shot. You can treat this as a companion to my text piece in the forthcoming Criterion Blu-ray.

The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

But before you buy that, donate here —

We raise enough money, we get a streaming edition of THE WHITE SHADOW, scripted by Hitch, with a new score. And I certainly want to see it.