Movie Diary 5/11/2021

The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956). Checking out the blu-ray. Such an interesting movie: the first half a docu-drama with Fonda’s character, as though Hitch wanted to try out the form and master it, almost as an exercise, the second half a psychological inquiry into Vera Miles’ breaking-apart wife and her feelings of alienation – that part points ahead in Hitchcock’s work to Vertigo and The Birds. Miles is terrific, and Hitchcock’s camera frames her in a way that feels entirely empathetic.