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Rich and Strange
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1931 • United Kingdom
Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry
Taking its all-too-appropriate title from “The Tempest,” this fascinatingly offbeat satiric drama concerns a stuck-in-a-rut young couple who, upon coming into a generous inheritance, immediately use the money to fund their dream vacation to exotic new lands—an excursion that tests both their middle-class values and commitment to one another. Coscripted by Hitchcock himself, who confessed that he was inspired in part by his own honeymoon, RICH AND STRANGE can be read as one of the master’s most personal, revealing works in its exploration of sexual anxiety and moral transgression.