Directed By: Dario Argento
Starring: Elio Germano, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Cristina Brondo, Chiara Conti, Ivan Morales, Edoardo Stoppa
Synopsis: A young film student with a penchant for peeping in his neighbors windows begins investigating a neighbor’s death.
Thoughts: Dario Argento pays homage to the man that he is frequently compared to in this 2005 made for TV movie. It is pretty much what I expected for an Argento made for TV movie. It references several of Hitchcock’s movies, some overtly, such as Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. There are even some shots in the movie that look as if they are right out of a Hitchcock movie, such as the rooftop scene looking like it came right out of Vertigo.
The cast is pretty decent; especially considering this is made for TV. Elio Germano plays Giulio, the well-meaning, yet creepy hero. His habit of peering through windows really made it difficult to like him as a character, but it worked well for the story. One of the real strengths of the cast is the sheer beauty of the women. Elisabetta Rocchetti is gorgeous and Argento ensures we see a lot of her.
A lot has been made of the fact that Dario Argento hasn’t had a surefire hit in quite some time. Do You Like Hitchcock won’t sway that argument, but at least the story is coherent and the story is entertaining. The plot is essentially a combination of Rear Window and Strangers from a Train as a film student that is determined to investigate a murder across the street stumbles onto clues that cause him to suspect something not quite right. Being a film student, there is plenty of opportunity to mention the Hitchcock movies as well as promote Argento’s work via posters. The Card Player shows up more than once on a poster in a video store.
Do You Like Hitchcock lacks the depth of Argento’s usual work but it is still a fun little movie, especially for fans of both Hitchcock and Argento. There are plenty of classic movies to pick out in the movie as well, whether it is in the video store or in the apartment. Check this one out, but don’t expect the next Suspiria or even Creepers.