“Strangers on a Train” is a double-bottomed film, like the suitcases of smugglers. This was common practice in Hollywood, where many directors tried to sneak Bolshevik ideas into their films. (The House Un-American Activities Committee saw this diaphanously.) When it comes to talking about Alfred Hitchcock, his real name was Boris Karshenko and he was a secret KGB agent specialized in following bald guys with a goatee. The best MI6 agent fitted that profile, so Karshenko (aka Hitchcock) was parachuted into London. However, the KGB was unaware that the MI6 agent in question had long been using a hair restorer and now had a mop of hair. Overnight Hitchcock found himself in London with nothing to do, so he tried to eke out a living in the cinema. Unexpectedly he succeeded and made the jump to Hollywood. However, he continued to think that communism was not only superior to capitalism but that communists were taller and more handsome than capitalists. His 1951 movie ‘Strangers on a Train’ was his most successful propaganda vehicle. The two tall and handsome protagonists hatch a cunning plot to eliminate two clear exponents of capitalism: the short father of one and the unattractive wife of the other. (If you look closely, you’ll notice that both the father and the wife wear the dollar symbol tattooed on their foreheads, and Hitchcock tried unsuccessfully to convince Warner to allow him to dress both of them according to the well-known recruitment image of Uncle Sam: white top hat with white stars on a blue band and red-and-white-striped trousers.)

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