“Darth by Darthwest” Starring Cary Grant

May 21, 2016 – Some things are just too clever to not share – including a brilliantly done mashup of Cary Grant in North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) and Star Wars.

North by Northwest is one of the finest spy thrillers ever made and often listed among the greatest films of all time. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant plays an innocent New York advertising executive who is mistaken for a U.S. intelligence officer. Foreign agents chase and kidnap him and, in several instances, attempt to murder him – including with a crop-duster plane at an isolated bus stop in the middle of nowhere (i.e., rural Indiana).

As ridiculous as that may sound (a crop-duster plane?), that scene alone is one of the most iconic in movie-making history. It’s been parodied many times, from The Simpsons to Metallica and others.

Cinephiles may notice that the music score by American composer Bernard Herrman goes utterly silent during that bleak scene. The effect is to dramatize the sense of vulnerability and isolation at the exposed roadside bus stop at the edge of a cornfield.

"DARTH BY DARTHWEST"-"VADOR AUX TROUSSES". Short Film. from Fabrice Mathieu on Vimeo.

For comparison purposes, here are excerpts from North by Northwest:

If you’ve never seen North by Northwest, do yourself a favor and watch the full movie. While Cary Grant (1904-1986) is no longer with us, his Force Ghost would surely approve.


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