The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
USA, 1956, English, 120mins, DCP
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day
Transfiguring what he called an ‘amateur’ film into the work of a professional, Hitchcock casts James Stewart and Doris Day as an American couple who get entangled in an intricate murder case during their trip to Morocco. In this Hollywood widescreen Technicolor remake, Hitchcock anchored his status as the Master of Suspense with his masterful construction of details and exquisite use of sound coming into play in the climax. Bernard Hermann’s orchestra inside the Albert Hall is most stunning for its music as for its MacGuffin – so as Doris Day’s Que Sera Sera, which rises above a piece of Hitchcock’s crafty mechanism, standing out as one of the most mesmerising scenes in film history, and an all-time iconic song.
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition
Academy Awards: Best Original Song
13/1 (Sat): Film talk with Bryan Chang