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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
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Alfred Hitchcock
Jimmy Stewart

Best Film
It's a toss-up between Rear Window (obsession, well-nigh unbearable tension) and Vertigo (fear, mania and heights). Vertigo probably just edges ahead for the air of paranoia, brilliance of its plot and air of suspicion throughout.
Notable Pairings
Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
James Stewart spent most of his early decades in Hollywood embodying an uncomplicated ideal of American manhood - something which Hitchcock lost no time in turning upside down. Hitchcock let Stewart act something other than "essentially decent", displaying obsession, jealousy and bad influence. Judging by the performances Stewart gave, he relished the chance, and the films they made are not only among Stewart's best, but probably Hitchcock's finest to boot.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
Yes, although Stewart excelled in a very different way with, say, Capra, and Hitchcock had success with other stars like Cary Grant. But there's no question that the pair's chalk-and-cheese history somehow worked, and each enjoyed a relatively late career-resurgence with the other.

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