I finally got this movie for my collection today. The quality is not perfect but it is at least good enough to make the viewing enjoyable. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, I will now explain.
The Swan is a movie starring Grace Kelly, and it is a movie which has not been easy to find in a dvd version. But recently I managed to find one through Amazon.com. Today it arrived in my mailbox and I have watched a small portion of it.
For me as a Grace Kelly fan and collector of her movies, adding this movie to my collection means I am now only one movie short of having them all. The only one still missing is “Green Fire“, which can be found in VHS format but I am still waiting for it to be released as a dvd.
I am also waiting for a new release of the great movie To Catch a Thief which is said to be an improvement compared to the previously released versions.
Today I watched it again. The excuse for this being that a new dvd edition is out, and it arrived in my mailbox this morning. From what I could see on my small 19″ screen, the transfer is indeed better than on previous discs. However, the best thing with the new edition is the commentary track, which provided me with new insight about a movie I thought could not surprise me anymore. As many older movies this one does carry a lot more meaning in each frame than most new ones. It is not rated as one of the best movies ever made for no reason. My reason for watching it is Grace Kelly. Simply has to be the most beautiful woman ever to walk the Earth. She looks more than stunning in this movie thanks to director Hitchcock’s eye for camera angles, lighting, colors, clothes and settings. But looks isn’t everything, not even in a suspense thriller about looking, Grace Kelly was also a good actress which is obvious in this film.
I have been reading Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan off and on for a few months. I find it very interesting and revealing. I thought I knew something about “Hitch” after watching many of his films over the years, but this book proves that I didn’t have much of a clue. Highly recommended for every fan of Hitchcock’s films.
Over and Out !