Review: ‘Do You Like Hitchcock?’

Film fans will get a laugh out of Italian horrormeister Dario Argento's "Do You Like Hitchcock?" This tongue-in-cheek salute to the master of suspense follows "The Cardplayer" in practically eliminating the buckets of blood and gore that characterize many Argento offerings. This enjoyable romp should amuse young DVD buyers the world over.

Film fans will get a laugh out of Italian horrormeister Dario Argento’s “Do You Like Hitchcock?” This tongue-in-cheek salute to the master of suspense follows “The Cardplayer” in practically eliminating the buckets of blood and gore that characterize many Argento offerings. Though it’s still pretty shlocky, pic gains from quoting the classics from “Dial M for Murder” to “Vertigo.” Co-produced by sales company RAI Trade as the first in a proposed made-for-TV thriller series, this enjoyable romp should amuse young DVD buyers the world over.

Giulio (Elio Germano), a skinny nerd in Harry Potter glasses, is holed up studying for his film school exams on German Expressionism. Sasha (Elisabetta Rocchetti), a sexy girl in the facing apartment who likes to undress with the lights on, attracts his voyeuristic attention “Rear Window” style. In the video store, he sees her striking up an acquaintance with a beautiful blonde (Chiara Conti). Next thing you know, Sasha’s penny-pinching mom is bludgeoned to death, and Giulio turns amateur sleuth to pin the wrap on the blonde. Underlining the dream-like sequences, which are Argento’s forte, is Pino Donaggio’s fine score.

Do You Like Hitchcock?

Italy-Spain

Production

A Genesis Motion Pictures, RAI Trade, Institut del Cinema Catala, Televisio de Catalunia co-production. (International sales: RAI Trade, Rome.) Produced by Carlo Bixio, Joan Antoni Gonzales i Serret. Executive producer, Claudio Argento. Directed by Dario Argento. Screenplay, Argento, Franco Ferrini.

Crew

Camera (color), Frederic Fasano; editor, Walter Fasano; music, Pino Donaggio; production designers, Francesca Bocca, Valentina Ferroni; costume designer, Fabio Angelotti. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 12, 2005. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Elio Germano, Chiara Conti, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo, Ivan Morales, Edoardo Stoppa, Elena Maria Bellini, Horacio Jose Grigaitis, Giuseppe Loconsole, Milvia Marigliano.
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