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North by Northwest

Alfred Hitchcock

‘I’m an advertising man, not a red herring’, protests Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill, the ordinary guy mistaken for a spy at the centre of North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock’s most riotously playful examination of his favourite theme of ‘the wrong man’.

"Pure cinematic magic."

Switching effortlessly between suspense, light comedy, romance and a dark examination of Cold War paranoia, this shows the Master at the absolute peak of his powers. And his team – including Grant, James Mason and Eva Marie Saint; writer Ernest Lehman; composer Bernard Herrmann; and title-designer Saul Bass – match him every step of the way. Pure cinematic magic.