With Father's Day around the corner, a personal look my father's favorites
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2. "North by Northwest" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
The middle child between Alfred Hitchcock’s presumed canonical masterpieces “Vertigo” and “Psycho” is probably my favorite of the director’s for a reason. Dad introduced me to the film long ago, and like anyone, that image of Cary Grant running away from a dastardly crop duster stuck with me. I also recall being in love with the film’s climax atop South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. Hitch always knew how to make his settings sing. Grant was something of an uncharacteristic leading man for the director, I thought. There was always something slightly different about the film amid Hitch’s portfolio, and I liked that.