Watch This: Hitchcock’s favorite of his own movies anticipated Blue Velvet

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With the Academy Awards coming this Sunday, we’re highlighting work by master filmmakers who never won the Best Director Oscar.

Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)

Alfred Hitchcock’s own favorite movie is far from the flash of his later great efforts. It doesn’t have show-stopping moments like the airplane attack in North By Northwest, the psychological pinwheels of Vertigo, or Psycho‘s shower scene. But in a way, it’s more terrifying than any of those, because it points to a menace closer to home and heart: In this case, a beloved family member, who may or may not be the total opposite of who he appears to be.

The Newtons lead an idyllic if dull life in small Santa Rosa, California; as the movie starts, young Charlie (Teresa Wright …

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