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Title: Hitchcock
Post by: jmj on March 14, 2003, 01:28:28 PM
Anyone?  Seriously, I can't believe no one has brought him up.  He's definitely one of my favorite directors of all time.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: children with angels on March 14, 2003, 01:43:49 PM
No arguments here: I think the guy's a genius... Vertigo, Pscho, Rear Window: they're three of my favourite films of all time.
Then there's North By Northwest.
...And Rebecca.
And Strangers on a Train. Oh: and The Lodger. And The Birds. Notorious...

Like I said: the guy's a genius, what can you say...? I think the reason he hasn't got a place on the site is because of his deadness. Of the other directors, the only one who is no longer with us is Kubrick, and that's been disputed too...

Not whether he's dead. Whether he should be on the site.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: jmj on March 14, 2003, 01:51:40 PM
It's so strange how some people can see so clearly how brilliant a director is and others think he/she sucks.

Great list of Hitch films you mentioned.  Have you seen "The 39 Steps"?  I just watched it a few months ago and I thought it was great.  He was so good at fitting humorous moments into tense situation (as are most great directors I suppose.)  I really want to see some of more of his earlier stuff, especially the silents.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Bud_Clay on March 14, 2003, 03:19:13 PM
Spellbound was very excellent as well. I think I've only seen 3 Hitchcock films ever: Spellbound, North By Northwest, & Psycho (of course).

He's a director I definitely need to catch up on.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on March 14, 2003, 03:45:56 PM
Never heard of him.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Cecil on March 14, 2003, 06:18:57 PM
Quote from: jmj
It's so strange how some people can see so clearly how brilliant a director is and others think he/she sucks.


LOL
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: moonshiner on March 15, 2003, 11:04:13 AM
good point cecil, let's hope jmj was being as sarcastic as you
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Cecil on March 15, 2003, 11:31:28 AM
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good point cecil, let's hope jmj was being as sarcastic as you


indeed
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: budgie on March 16, 2003, 11:14:49 AM
Quote from: jmj
 I really want to see some of more of his earlier stuff, especially the silents.


See The Lodger! Gorgeous and {shudder} great ending.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Rudie Obias on March 16, 2003, 02:59:56 PM
NORTH BY NORTHWEST and SUSPICION are my two favorite alfred hitchcock films.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: jmj on March 19, 2003, 02:55:27 PM
Quote from: budgie
See The Lodger! Gorgeous and {shudder} great ending.


Thanks for the suggestion I'll check it ASAP.

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good point cecil, let's hope jmj was being as sarcastic as you


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indeed


indeed, indeed
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: TenseAndSober on April 20, 2003, 03:59:51 PM
Definitely...Hitchcock was a fucking genius.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Pwaybloe on April 21, 2003, 02:43:49 PM
Yes... I... must... also... agree... bzzzt
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Ernie on April 21, 2003, 03:35:37 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Never heard of him.


Lol...I was just thinking if I had said this how some people probably would have believed me and gotten pissed.  8)

Anyway, I've only seen Rear Window and The Birds...and even I think he's a genius.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on April 21, 2003, 04:26:35 PM
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Never heard of him.


Lol...I was just thinking if I had said this how some people probably would have believed me and gotten pissed.  8)


No, seriously, who is this Hitchcock guy? Robyn?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on June 04, 2003, 11:34:52 PM
okay. Alfred Hitchcock. also one of my favorite directors.  but im looking for some recommendations for him as well.  ive seen...

TORN CURTAIN
THE BIRDS
PSYCHO
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
VERTIGO
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
TO CATCH A THEIF
REAR WINDOW
DIAL M FOR MURDER
ROPE
SPELLBOUND
REBECCA
THE 39 STEPS

and next up i am planning to see Notorious, Strangers On A Train, The Wrong Man.  what am i missing out on?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: godardian on June 05, 2003, 12:51:01 AM
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okay. Alfred Hitchcock. also one of my favorite directors.  but im looking for some recommendations for him as well.  ive seen...

TORN CURTAIN
THE BIRDS
PSYCHO
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
VERTIGO
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
TO CATCH A THEIF
REAR WINDOW
DIAL M FOR MURDER
ROPE
SPELLBOUND
REBECCA
THE 39 STEPS

and next up i am planning to see Notorious, Strangers On A Train, The Wrong Man.  what am i missing out on?


Shadow of a Doubt is my all-time favorite Hitchcock.

I think Marnie has its charms, too, though it's much maligned.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on June 05, 2003, 01:37:16 AM
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what am i missing out on?


"Suspicion"
"Saboteur"
"The Lady Vanishes"
"Foreign Correspondent" (pretty sure Spielberg took the umbrella get-away in "Minority Report" from this film)
"Lifeboat"
"The Lodger"
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: godardian on June 05, 2003, 01:49:16 AM
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what am i missing out on?


"Suspicion"
"Saboteur"
"The Lady Vanishes"
"Foreign Correspondent" (pretty sure Spielberg took the umbrella get-away in "Minority Report" from this film)
"Lifeboat"
"The Lodger"


Lifeboat is wonderful. Hitch was always a great humorist, in addition to his mastery of suspense. In her "Notes on Camp," Susan Sontag called Tallulah Bankhead's performance exemplary of "camping it up," and meant it as a high compliment.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Keener on June 05, 2003, 02:31:50 AM
Due to our crappy video store I've only had the chance to see Psycho and The Birds. Needless to say, I'm really pissed but I'm dedicated to renting his others. I'll just journey to the next town and see if thier video stores have his films.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Void on June 06, 2003, 05:40:47 AM
My video store is also crappy, very much so infact, if you even dare to mention a film made before 2001, you'll be greeted only with icy blank stares. Yeah, so all I'v seen of his is Rear Window, North by northwest, Vertigo and Psycho but I am planning on trying to see others.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 06, 2003, 10:56:09 AM
Though I feel Vertigo is really the movie he is making his own personal comment in some artistic way, I think Notorious is by far his best work. I saw it recently on Criterion disc and was astonished of how well thought it this entire film was in just capturing the mood that Hitchcock is famous for. It has all the cues of a Hitchcock movie, but this may be the movie where they all are handled the best.

~rougerum
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on June 06, 2003, 03:08:15 PM
Quote from: Void
My video store is also crappy, very much so infact, if you even dare to mention a film made before 2001, you'll be greeted only with icy blank stares. Yeah, so all I'v seen of his is Rear Window, North by northwest, Vertigo and Psycho but I am planning on trying to see others.


of the ones ive seen. i think those 4 are probably my favorites. i have them all and they are really some of the crowd-pleasers as far as his later stuff.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on July 20, 2003, 08:07:01 PM
see The Lady Vanishes as well, it's one of his best.  though nothin beats Vertigo   :wink:
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on August 01, 2003, 11:00:22 PM
just watched NOTORIOUS, which i liked, but really expected more from.  my girlfriends brother who recently got the criterion box set said that was his favorite of the 5, and now i'm really having a hard time convincing myself to buy it for the films and not the criterion logos.  the only one i've yet to see is the lady vanishes, (and since i am a fan of the "middle-era hitch", i'm not sure that movie will convince me either.)
the movie did not seem very hitchcock.  for the first hour one of the only visual flairs was the shot of cary grant upsidedown from ingrid bergmans drunk pov.  and there really wasnt any suspense until the one hour mark either, when they were in the wine cellar.  i love cary grant, but felt this part was a little too straight man, not allowing for the usual wit and charm. although the relationship between the two was interesting, the spy aspects of the story werent enough to make me love this movie.  oh well.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on August 01, 2003, 11:52:22 PM
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the movie did not seem very hitchcock.  for the first hour one of the only visual flairs was the shot of cary grant upsidedown from ingrid bergmans drunk pov.


Why are you thinking Hitchcock only in visual terms? Many themes that Hitchcock explores are there (unrequited love, the foreboding mother figure, etc.). And didn't you feel the intimacy by the close-ups when the lovers kiss? How about the long shot going across the room into a tight close-up of the key? The sucession of shots in the final scene?

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and there really wasnt any suspense until the one hour mark either, when they were in the wine cellar.


Getting the key and their secret meetings weren't suspenseful? Her not getting found out by Sebastian? Her slowing being poisoned?

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i love cary grant, but felt this part was a little too straight man, not allowing for the usual wit and charm.


The role doesn't allow for him to witty and charming. He's a spy and can't let himself to get too close to her. Yes, he's in love with her, but he has to keep it consealed for jeopordizing both them and the mission. Plus, she is being sent to sleep with another man to get the information he needs, which he's not too happy about. And when the effects of her poisioning are mistaken for her going back to drinking, he's none too pleased about that too.

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although the relationship between the two was interesting, the spy aspects of the story werent enough to make me love this movie.


That's because it's not really a "spy" movie. It's a love story. And a love triangle story.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on August 02, 2003, 09:48:39 AM
yeah, i did realize the themes were hitchcock, but like i said visually and in terms of humor (except for the opening where she was drunk driving), it just didnt seem like a very 'hitchcock' movie.  or maybe, it was just too downbeat. and, i still think it could have been more suspenseful.  (i said UNTIL the one hour mark, it wasnt.)  the poisoning and being found out were all after the first hour.  the love triangle, for me, just wasnt interesting enough to make up for the other parts of the story.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: SoNowThen on October 14, 2003, 09:16:21 AM
So I just watched The Lady Vanishes this weekend. I've been really tentative to get into Hitch, with the whole plot-first British/Hollywood thing going on. But I am very pleasantly surprised to find myself absolutely loving it. And I'll tell you, it's not the technical aspects for which everyone seems to praise him for, I really notice (now having seen half of the Criterion box set) his insistence on having a superb script. Tons of plot twists, but never a cheap way out. Always satisfying, and set-up previous.

Kind of reminds me (this is probably a bad example) of Ghostbusters, in that I never felt like that script cheaped out or let the audience down. Hollywood done right. If more so called big-budget studio pieces would just do another re-write and tighten up, I would see more of them. Someone once said to me that we have to be easier on older movies because what they use only "became" cliched over time. Well, in the Hitch movies so far I've seen no evidence of cliche, just fresh, wonderful storytelling.

So both the British flicks in the set get my big thumbs up. Can't wait to watch the pair of Ingrid Bergman's....

oh and Rebecca is just sheer brilliance!!!!
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Alexandro on October 14, 2003, 09:40:52 AM
I've seen a bunch of Hitchcock fims and all of them I liked, I don't think he ever made a really bad movie....just like Woody Allen, for example...

I remember seeing Psycho, of course
Vertigo
The Birds
North by Northwest
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Marnie
Shadow of a Doubt
Sabotage
The Rope
The Lady Vanishes
39 Steps
Rear Window

man, they're all so great...
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: TheVoiceOfNick on October 14, 2003, 04:27:31 PM
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I've seen a bunch of Hitchcock fims and all of them I liked, I don't think he ever made a really bad movie....just like Woody Allen, for example...


If you're not being sarcastic about Woody Allen, then you're my new best friend!  Of course, if you don't really mean it and you think Woody is a dried up artistic prune with no good movie for years, then there'll be some fightin'!   :P

Nick
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Alexandro on October 14, 2003, 05:32:41 PM
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Quote from: Alexandro
I've seen a bunch of Hitchcock fims and all of them I liked, I don't think he ever made a really bad movie....just like Woody Allen, for example...


If you're not being sarcastic about Woody Allen, then you're my new best friend!  Of course, if you don't really mean it and you think Woody is a dried up artistic prune with no good movie for years, then there'll be some fightin'!   :P

Nick


no, i'm not being sarcastic...i like all woody allen films
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Lucinda Bryte on October 21, 2003, 08:02:08 AM
They were selling a movie by him for 4 bucks at Walgreens. Should I get it? I think it's called "The Man Who Saw Too Much" or something... The only reason I didn't get it was because it was sitting next to a bunch of shitty movies also for 4 bucks.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: ShanghaiOrange on October 21, 2003, 09:47:27 AM
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Buy it for 4 dollars, yes.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on October 21, 2003, 10:14:45 AM
Was it the B&W 1934 (which I'm guessing it is for that cheap a price) or the color 1956 version? Either is worth having for the movie, but don't expect a descent transfer if it is the earlier version. Also, Hitchcock called the 1934 version the work of a talented amateur (and it does have it's flaws) and that was the reason he wanted to remake it. But if it's the Jimmy Stewart remake, then that's one heck of a deal.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on October 21, 2003, 07:34:07 PM
i thought the jimmy stewart remake was not nearly as good.....
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Lucinda Bryte on October 21, 2003, 10:44:29 PM
Quote from: ShanghaiOrange
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Buy it for 4 dollars, yes.


Alright I shall.

There was also this horrid looking Bela Lugosi b-movie which I might buy just for the hell of it also.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on October 21, 2003, 11:03:24 PM
buy ANY horrid looking bela lugosi picture......buy any bela lugosi picture for that matter, theyre all great in their own, sometimes bad, ways
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Lucinda Bryte on October 21, 2003, 11:07:54 PM
Quote from: eward
buy ANY horrid looking bela lugosi picture......buy any bela lugosi picture for that matter, theyre all great in their own, sometimes bad, ways


This forum gives the best advice ever. I will take your word on that. I think it's a picture called "Monsters" or something. Lemme IMDB it. Eh it's not here... Unless I totally puffed up the title. I'll return to Walgreens and buy them both!
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on October 21, 2003, 11:36:57 PM
perhaps one of these?

bride of the monster (1955) http://imdb.com/title/tt0047898/
night monster (1942) http://imdb.com/title/tt0035124/

if it was a horrid B movie looking thing it must've been the first one.  an Ed Wood creation.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Lucinda Bryte on October 21, 2003, 11:42:53 PM
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perhaps one of these?

bride of the monster (1955) http://imdb.com/title/tt0047898/
night monster (1942) http://imdb.com/title/tt0035124/

if it was a horrid B movie looking thing it must've been the first one.  an Ed Wood creation.

No it wasn't Bride of the Monster although I wish it were!! I would have snatched it up quicky. It WAS Night Monster! I recognize the cover. Thank you.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: rustinglass on November 24, 2003, 04:28:57 PM
Quote from: eward
i thought the jimmy stewart remake was not nearly as good.....


I didn't see the first one but the one with jimmy stewart is simply amazing.
I find it very funny when the kid is singing "que sera, sera" and james stewart looks at his wife and says "He will make a fine doctor."
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on November 27, 2003, 02:51:27 PM
i caught a Vertigo / Frenzy showing on AMC late one night several years ago.......i don't think i caught all of Vertigo, so i ended up renting it later and then falling in love with the film....i think that was the first time i looked at a film for it's artistic value and it's  my favorite film.......but what about Frenzy........this is supposedly Hitchcock's last "great" work. i don't think anyone's mentioned it.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: (kelvin) on November 27, 2003, 04:26:30 PM
Frenzy is Hitchcock's return to his british roots. It is a supremely violent film, although with the typical Hitch humour, very black and very british, I suppose.
I like the movie, though it cannot compete with his American films of the 50s. After Psycho, Hitch just played around with sex and violence and tried to give the audience what it expected from him.
Note that the murders in Frenzy are shown out of the murderer's perspective. Idem in Iron Curtain, for instance (when Paul Newman gases the Stasi agent in the oven...Hitch made the movie only for the sake of this one scene). Unlike the murder in Psycho, which is shown from Janet Leigh's perspective, which is far more conventional and les violent.

I personnally prefer Rear Window, which is his best film, I'd say: the suspense doesn't happen on the screen, but in the imagination.

Has anyone seen Shadow of a Doubt? I think it is one of Hitch's best movies before his golden era. Loved Cotten playing the part of the villain.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on November 27, 2003, 05:04:04 PM
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After Psycho, Hitch just played around with sex and violence and tried to give the audience what it expected from him.


I disagree with that last part. If that were the case "Marnie" would have had more suspense, and not have been the complete psychological/character study that it is. He continued to go against audience's expectations and test them (along with himself). The aforementioned killing in "Torn Curtain" goes on and on and on, where Hitch wanted to show how hard it is to truly kill a person, as opposed to how easy it always looked. "Topaz" isn't really a typical Hitch picture either; it involves more politics than any of his films. It's because of the lack of audience connection, as noted by lack of box office, that he decided to let the studio influence his casting, etc., thus eventually leading him to go back to the UK. Hitch also not having his usual collaborators (his composer, his DP, his actors) let to his going back. This is why I think "Frenzy" is the best of the post-The Birds films. It's the only film that does give what the audience expects - the wrong man plot, the switch of POVs, empathizing with the killer.

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Has anyone seen Shadow of a Doubt? I think it is one of Hitch's best movies before his golden era. Loved Cotten playing the part of the villain.


Hitch used the handsome killer perfectly in that film by casting Cotten.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on November 27, 2003, 10:06:51 PM
what really shocked me when i saw Frenzy was the nudity.....especially since it was on basic cable and on AMC......i'm thinking this is the only time Hitchcock had nudity in a film? i also remember there being a really long shot that starts from a killing.....goes down a flight of stairs and out into the street.....hmm, another.....

*spoiler*




 the scene where he tries to pry the pin from the dead woman's fingers?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: (kelvin) on November 28, 2003, 04:10:40 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: chriskelvin
After Psycho, Hitch just played around with sex and violence and tried to give the audience what it expected from him.


I disagree with that last part. If that were the case "Marnie" would have had more suspense, and not have been the complete psychological/character study that it is. He continued to go against audience's expectations and test them (along with himself). The aforementioned killing in "Torn Curtain" goes on and on and on, where Hitch wanted to show how hard it is to truly kill a person, as opposed to how easy it always looked. "Topaz" isn't really a typical Hitch picture either; it involves more politics than any of his films. It's because of the lack of audience connection, as noted by lack of box office, that he decided to let the studio influence his casting, etc., thus eventually leading him to go back to the UK. Hitch also not having his usual collaborators (his composer, his DP, his actors) let to his going back. This is why I think "Frenzy" is the best of the post-The Birds films. It's the only film that does give what the audience expects - the wrong man plot, the switch of POVs, empathizing with the killer.



You are right, I forgot Marnie and Topaz. Nonetheless, I think Hitch changed his style after Psycho, for his films became increasingly violent. I'm not criticizing this stylistic approach, I'm just trying to analyze it. I think this switch from the victim's view to the murderer's perspective is very important. In the first case, you intend to provoke fear, in the latter one, feelings of guilt. And in Marnie, the whole film is set around the perspective of the Connery character. The audience takes part in manipulating Marnie. That is extreme violence on a psychological level.

Indeed, in Torn Curtain, Hitchcock wanted to show how difficult it can be to kill a man. Yet the violence of this scene is even for Hitchcock paroxystic. And he earned quite some criticism because of his simplifying view of  East-West policies in Torn Curtain. For the same reason I don't consider Topaz as a "real" Hitchcock movie, it is an exception, a Hitchcock "bastard".
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Gamblour. on November 30, 2003, 03:03:51 PM
Saw 39 Steps yesterday. Really really great, especially for the older Hitchcock. Hitchcock is always hit and miss with me, I love Rear Window, Psycho, 39 Steps, Rebecca, but I don't like Notorious, Vertigo, Strangers on a Train (mostly because of the ending), The Man Who Knew Too Much '56.

Anyhow, I still have plenty to see, I wanna see all the Criterions first. I was really happy with the 39 Steps, Donat was very fucking cool, the ending was so powerful, that question was just so loud! I loved it!
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Post by: Vile5 on November 30, 2003, 09:45:28 PM
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Post by: bonanzataz on December 28, 2003, 10:10:33 PM
i watched notorious again last night. there was a time when i held it lower in my position of hitchcock films, but i love it now and it is my favorite of his. what a beautiful, suspenseful, and moving piece of cinema. i love this movie. everything about it is just so perfect. i noticed lots of other people got this for xmas. want to comment?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Chest Rockwell on December 28, 2003, 11:24:09 PM
Is the Criterion of Notorious going out of print?
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Post by: MacGuffin on December 28, 2003, 11:31:54 PM
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Is the Criterion of Notorious going out of print?


Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound, and Straw Dogs Available For a Limited Time

Criterion's editions of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, Notorious, and Spellbound and Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs will be available only through December 31, 2003. These titles will be out of print and unavailable come 2004. Wrong Men and Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935 - 1946 is also available only until the end of December.
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Post by: Chest Rockwell on December 29, 2003, 07:03:44 AM
shit.....I need to get Notorious and Spellbound
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Post by: cine on January 02, 2004, 01:10:17 PM
Hitchcock remake in works

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Screenwriter Robert Towne has struck a deal to develop a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "The 39 Steps."

Towne, who wrote "Chinatown" and "Mission: Impossible 3," will write and direct the thriller for Carlton International Media, Daily Variety reported on its Web site Thursday.

"There is only a handful of individuals in our business with the talent, experience and insight to whom we would entrust a project of this magnitude, and Robert Towne is one of them," said Stephen Davis, Carlton America's president and chief executive officer.

Hitchcock's version of the spy film was made in 1935 and starred Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim and Madeleine Carroll.

Carlton owns one of the world's largest catalogs of classic movies. The company's vault also includes the 1959 version starring Kenneth More and the 1978 version by Don Sharp.
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Post by: godardian on January 02, 2004, 04:12:06 PM
As someone who thinks literal remakes (as opposed to stylisic homages like Far from Heaven) are fairly pointless and usually a bad idea, I think Towne is much too talented to be involved in one. He'll get his when they remake Chinatown, though.  :)
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Ernie on January 03, 2004, 12:14:11 AM
Well, I'm glad to hear he's finally going to direct, albeit something so potentially bad. He's a brilliant writer though, no question. I don't think he'll have much of a problem directing at all.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Gamblour. on January 03, 2004, 01:53:52 AM
Just saw Spellbound. Didn't think it was too great, I prefer when Hitchcock throws the romance aside, like Psycho, 39 Steps. Too much of that in Spellbound, I did like the dream sequence of course. Peck was damn good.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on January 03, 2004, 11:24:48 PM
Quote from: godardian
He'll get his when they remake Chinatown, though.  :)


shit the way his career is going, he'll probably be INVOLVED!  :roll:
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Post by: Chest Rockwell on January 04, 2004, 08:44:02 AM
I ordered the Hitchcock box set, right in time before it went out of print....boo yah
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Post by: modage on January 04, 2004, 10:29:39 PM
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I ordered the Hitchcock box set, right in time before it went out of print....boo yah


you and everyone else on this board.  now, if some of you criterion whores would get out there and pick up a few of his non-criterion superior works, we'd all be alright.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on January 04, 2004, 10:36:34 PM
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you and everyone else on this board.


Except those members that bought 'em separately when they first came out, and thus got shafted on the cool looking box they came in.

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now, if some of you criterion whores would get out there and pick up a few of his non-criterion superior works, we'd all be alright.


Amen to that!
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: godardian on January 04, 2004, 10:48:50 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: themodernage02
you and everyone else on this board.


Except those members that bought 'em separately when they first came out, and thus got shafted on the cool looking box they came in.

Quote from: themodernage02
now, if some of you criterion whores would get out there and pick up a few of his non-criterion superior works, we'd all be alright.


Amen to that!


Yes, I am one of the former. :(

On the latter, I have Shadow of a Doubt (my personal favorite), Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. Also, as an anomaly, Marnie. Hope to get Strangers on a Train, Rope, Dial "M" for Murder, and Psycho sometime soon. Not in Criterion-barrage February, though.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Chest Rockwell on January 05, 2004, 05:05:01 PM
I'm no Criterion-whore! This is my first set, so I'm a little excited about it. Anyhow, yes, you're correct...real soon I'll be looking for Rear Window, Psycho, North by Northwest, the Birds, Vertigo....and maybe others.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on January 05, 2004, 05:38:52 PM
i got a vhs boxset a few years ago from my grandma, which includes:

sabotage
the man who knew too much
the 39 steps
the lady vanishes
young and innocent
rich and strange
murder
secret agent
number 17
juno and the paycock

its all black with a kind of bleeding rose on it, it's really cool.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2004, 07:41:17 PM
This weekend I saw The Birds.  I only remember seeing the film previously from the scene where the gull attacks Melanie.  Was anyone else a bit disappointed in the film?  I understand that he's trying to display the story of the jealous mother and everything as well as the bird attacks, but I just did not find that part of the story very interesting.  It didn't seem developed enough to me.  I can't quite place my opinion about the film except for that.  Though there were things to admire, it just isn't one of my favorite Hitch films.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on January 13, 2004, 08:29:33 PM
i've never been big on the birds
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on January 13, 2004, 10:13:52 PM
i was reading a book on Fellini and it said he admired the Birds for it's structure and wanted to make a "normal" film like that sometime.

i was kinda surprised.

Spellbound and Marnie are the only "weak" Hitch films i've seen (granted weak for Hitch is still above the average ho)......and SB's dream sequence is amazing......and the big gun pointing at the camera (i think this is that film?)......i need to see The Trouble With Harry again

any reason why the Criterions went out of print? they're fairly new.........i wonder if they shall have them again?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on January 13, 2004, 11:09:53 PM
I remember not particularly caring for Frenzy.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: SoNowThen on January 14, 2004, 09:29:22 AM
I heard about a bunch of new box sets in the works (non-Criterion) for the new year -- can anybody confirm???
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on January 14, 2004, 07:45:03 PM
just watched Lady Vanishes for the first time (as it was the only movie out of the boxset i hadnt seen yet), and i really liked it.  it was a really good mix of comedy/romance/thriller and funny as hell.  especially when they were having the gunfight towards the end and the damn people are just carrying on a conversation the whole time calmly.  thats so ENGLISH!   :lol:

i cant understand how more people on here arent more into hitchcock.  he's one of my favorite older directors.  i'm actually shocked that Vertigo made the top 15 for as little as people talk about him on here.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on January 14, 2004, 08:19:30 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
i cant understand how more people on here arent more into hitchcock.  he's one of my favorite older directors.  i'm actually shocked that Vertigo made the top 15 for as little as people talk about him on here.


i am VERY into hitchcock, he's one of my favorites of all time.  and vertigo is IMO the greatest movie ever ever ever ever ever ever....
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: NEON MERCURY on January 14, 2004, 10:15:26 PM
.....i watched vertigo recently....and i don't see the high praise for....it....



SPOILERS


if i remember correctly.isn't it just....--guy is scared of heights-guy likes girl who has the same hair in that picture she stares at--the have a wierd realtionship--guy finnds out the girl be playa hat'n----girl goes to top of bell tower--girl sees what appears to be a ghost--girls gets  scared and jumps of and dies--the ghost is actually a nunn i think or something--the guy looks downnn at her dead body--THE END


...the film was ssssssslllllllllllllooooooooowwwwwwwwwww.....and bbbbbbbooooooooorrrrrrrrriiiiiinnnnnnnnnnggggg.......

i muched liked rear winndow..annd of course psycho....but vertigo....is maybe a cut above...a lifetime murder mystery.....

sorry if this offends its just maybe i donnn't get ..it.....can someone explain ...why this film receives so much acclaim....then  i could wach it agian w/ a diferent anngle...and maybe underrstand it better......
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: eward on January 14, 2004, 10:25:28 PM
it's a million different things rolled into one...hard to put my finger on it...all i will say is the reason i consider it to be the greatest ever is that every time i watch it i feel like i'm seein it for the first time...that is the only movie i have experienced that with

and you shouldn't look to the film's plot to try and pinpoint why it is great or not.......its plot is not the greatness of it....the fact that you feel every inch of pain and fear and confusion as james stewart's character does...the fact that you can feel hitchcock in every single fucking frame of this movie, more so than anything else he did (altho many of his films have come close) is why it is great....oh and plus, bernard herrmanns score is one of the most beautifully haunting scores ever put on film.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on January 14, 2004, 10:29:40 PM
*potential spoilers*


ask Martin Scorsese or Sight & Sound.
but as for me, it is my favorite film.
where do i begin?
the cinematography is amazing.....when "Madeleine" emerges in the green neon light.....then the "rotating kiss" that goes from hotel room - to stable - back to hotel room..........the colors of the flower shop.......many more
the fog filters
the title sequence
arguably one of the greatest film scores of all time by Bernard Herrmann
revealing the secret to the audience 2/3rds into the film
that final shot of a man whose heart has been broken TWICE by the "same" woman......is he going to jump??????

there's a little
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: NEON MERCURY on January 14, 2004, 10:35:56 PM
....ahhhh....well that does shed some light on the film....thannks .E..annd big ideas....i guess its also  some of that hitchcockian subtext that i missed my first time watching it...i will look for those things next time.....appreciated....
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on May 19, 2004, 05:06:32 PM
Quote from: godardian
On the latter, I have Shadow of a Doubt (my personal favorite).

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godardian, i was just starting my Hitchcock week and just watched this first (at your recommendation).  so, now i'm very curious to hear why its your favorite?  there was a strong incest vibe going on between the charlies, which was very weird.  and the one scene at the dinner table that ends in an extreme close-up was pretty memorable (and funny), but other than that the film didnt really grab me.  elements of it reminded me of Gaslight, (maybe because i just recently watched that) and i love hitchcock, but this was not one of my favorites.  i just read it was Hitchcocks favorite movie of his own.  :shock:
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on May 26, 2004, 11:07:13 PM
Quote from: godardian
I think Marnie has its charms, too, though it's much maligned.

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i can definitely see that, coming off the heels of Psycho and The Birds.  i thought this had some neat ideas, but the film just came off as a little cheeze.  (reminded me of Spellbound).  it also seemed like Tippi Hedron and Sean Connery were standing in for Grace Kelly and Cary Grant had hte film been made a decade eariler.  there were some cool visuals and a few great tension filled scenes (like with the janitor), but the resolution was a little cornball too.  so, again godardian what did you like about it?
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Ghostboy on May 26, 2004, 11:16:45 PM
Marnie was the first Hitchcock film I saw (when I was quite young, probably ten or eleven or so), and I don't remember too much from it -- except that it scared me quite a bit. The image of the mother standing at the top of the stairs, her face obscured by shadows, gave me nightmares and haunted me for quite a long time.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on May 27, 2004, 06:54:16 AM
it definitely doesn't rank up there with the Hitchcock greats, but it's still beats a lot of other stuff.

i seem to remember that the score sounded a bit too much like Vertigo.......i know Herrmann did them both, but it's kinda close.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on May 27, 2004, 10:36:35 PM
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tonite i watched Saboteur, which i liked best of the bunch so far.  an chase across the country is always helped by including a gang of circus freaks.  the ending i recognized from Universal Studios Orlando's Hitchcock atttraction, which was also fun.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on May 31, 2004, 10:56:41 PM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0780626702.01._PE_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg) (http://images.amazon.com/images/P/6300269264.01._PE_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

the past few nights i finished up my hitchcock week with Suspicion and The Wrong Man.  suspicion was good, (sort of typical) hitchcock fare, with some similar things going on to Gaslight or Shadow of a Doubt where a seemingly ordinary person is suspected of terrible things.  also, Spellbound.  pretty good though, and Cary Grant was amusing in the role.  the SPOILER double twist ending END SPOILER was pretty great also.   The Wrong Man seemed completely different than any hitchcock movie i've seen before.  as it was based on a 'true story', his entire style seemed different than usual.  none of the witty dialogue, colorful characters, sex, drama etc.   it was more like ordinary people in a story that started out noirish and ended up sort of a courtroom drama.   seemed like it was either him trying to stretch his wings artistically, or him trying for a more 'serious' picture to win him the critics favor (Schindlers List style).  either way, very interesting and completely different movie for Hitch.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on May 31, 2004, 10:59:47 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
The Wrong Man seemed completely different than any hitchcock movie i've seen before.  as it was based on a 'true story', his entire style seemed different than usual.  none of the witty dialogue, colorful characters, sex, drama etc.   it was more like ordinary people in a story that started out noirish and ended up sort of a courtroom drama.   seemed like it was either him trying to stretch his wings artistically, or him trying for a more 'serious' picture to win him the critics favor (Schindlers List style).  either way, very interesting and completely different movie for Hitch.


Hitch's most underrated film.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on May 31, 2004, 11:02:16 PM
yeah i mean, i never hear about it, but i remember reading about in a book on all of his films and it sounded interesting.  i mean, Henry Fonda in a Hitchcock movie?!? that tells you all you need to know right there!  you're in for something completely different.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Bethie on January 27, 2005, 01:54:10 AM
Aww, look at this. A Hitchcock thread. Some of you cried about it, but failed to bring the thread up! Wipe your tears, crybabies.


My fav Hitchcock film is Rebecca. His other films that I have seen include-
Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, The Wrong Man, Dial M For Murder, Vertigo, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Frenzy, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound, Strangers on a Train, Notorious, The Trouble With Harry, Rope, To Catch a Thief.

If you can quit yer bitchin' you can talk about him right here, with me, no less.  :kiss:
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on January 27, 2005, 02:12:39 AM
Quote from: Bethie
My fav Hitchcock film is Rebecca. His other films that I have seen include-
Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, The Wrong Man, Dial M For Murder, Vertigo, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Frenzy, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound, Strangers on a Train, Notorious, The Trouble With Harry, Rope, To Catch a Thief.


My suggestion: Suspicion.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: Bethie on January 27, 2005, 02:16:43 AM
hey mr., I didn't ask for suggestions. I'll get to it eventually.
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on July 22, 2005, 03:33:11 PM
Universal has announced the DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One for 10/4 (SRP $39.98 ), the same day as the studio's Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. The 3-disc set will include all of the season's episodes in the original full frame video with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio, along with the Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Look Back featurette.

 :multi:  :onfire:  :multi:  :onfire:  :multi:  :onfire:
Title: Hitchcock
Post by: w/o horse on July 22, 2005, 03:44:59 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Universal has announced the DVD release of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One for 10/4 (SRP $39.98 ), the same day as the studio's Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. The 3-disc set will include all of the season's episodes in the original full frame video with Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio, along with the Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Look Back featurette.

 :multi:  :onfire:  :multi:  :onfire:  :multi:  :onfire:


That's as awesome of news as those emoticons imply.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on February 03, 2006, 09:45:38 PM
Hitchcock: The Movie?!
A biopic of the Master of Suspense.

According to British tabloid The Mirror, there's a new Alfred Hitchcock movie in the works. Actually, a movie about Hitch, the filmmaker dubbed the Master of Suspense.

The report claims U.K. comic Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Shaun of the Dead) has "has signed to appear in the as yet untitled production on Hitchcock's early life in the East End of London. He will be joined by Hollywood star Ewan McGregor when shooting begins later this year."

No word yet on who McGregor will play, who is writing or directing or even what the title of the production is.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: hedwig on February 03, 2006, 11:01:56 PM
GET KENAN THOMPSON, HE'S PERFECT.


(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/Leven321/hitchkeenan.jpg)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 04, 2006, 06:01:24 PM
Hitchcock: The Movie?!
A biopic of the Master of Suspense.

According to British tabloid The Mirror, there's a new Alfred Hitchcock movie in the works. Actually, a movie about Hitch, the filmmaker dubbed the Master of Suspense.

The report claims U.K. comic Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Shaun of the Dead) has "has signed to appear in the as yet untitled production on Hitchcock's early life in the East End of London. He will be joined by Hollywood star Ewan McGregor when shooting begins later this year."

No word yet on who McGregor will play, who is writing or directing or even what the title of the production is.

Matt Lucas would be a great choice as long as the audience can keep this image of him out of their heads:

(http://www.oneposter.com/UserData/Poster/Poster_19187.jpg)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Reinhold on June 22, 2006, 07:18:27 PM
in the last few frames before Psycho cuts to credits, is there a subtle 'lap of the skeleton over his face?

i wasn't sure whether i saw that or not. my guess is that it is there, but briefly enough to be unsettling.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on June 22, 2006, 07:42:47 PM
yes, its quite famous.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Reinhold on June 22, 2006, 07:48:28 PM
thanks. in my defense, i saw it in a shitty viewing room at school at the end of a very long viewing day. saw the banner just now and it reminded me, but it was too small for me to tell.

thank you for taking it light on me with a simple "its quite famous."
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: samsong on June 23, 2006, 01:22:28 PM
thank you for taking it light on me with a simple "its quite famous."

you're a bitch.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Reinhold on June 23, 2006, 08:34:21 PM
that's more like it.

has anybody else read donald spoto's Dark Side of Genius? i haven't read much of anything else about hitchcock, but it came recommended by one of my profs and so far I think it's quite good. 
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on June 23, 2006, 10:56:32 PM
has anybody else read donald spoto's Dark Side of Genius? i haven't read much of anything else about hitchcock, but it came recommended by one of my profs and so far I think it's quite good. 

It's a good read, just don't take it as gospel. It can come off more gossip than truth.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: samsong on June 29, 2006, 01:39:34 PM
I Confess, anyone? 
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on September 28, 2006, 10:17:12 PM
they're airing his Dick Cavett interview on TCM.
i have never seen an extended interview with him.........he's hilarious.

Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on September 29, 2006, 06:24:04 PM
probably so. they aired it twice last night. the search is confusing.
http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.jsp?startDate=9/28/2006&timezone=CST&cid=N
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on October 27, 2006, 12:38:18 PM
'Thirteen' a lucky number for thesps
Fogler to play helmer Hitchcock in thriller
Source: Variety
 
Ben Kingsley and Emily Mortimer have joined Dan Fogler (below) and Ewan McGregor in drama "Number Thirteen." Chase Palmer penned the script and makes his helming debut.

Union Square Entertainment's Jason Berk and Matt Lane will produce with Gail Mutrux. Union Square is financing the film, which begins shooting in February.

Fogler plays a young Alfred Hitchcock as he tried to make "Number Thirteen," a first film he never completed. In the fictional storyline, the director becomes involved in his own Hitchcockian dilemma involving romance and murder.

(http://broadwayworld.com/photoops/05tonywinners/2005TonyAwardRecipients213-vi.jpg)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on November 08, 2006, 12:39:23 PM
Running With Hitchcock
Nip/Tuck creator going Psycho.

Focus Features is reportedly developing a thriller called Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. John McLaughlin penned the screenplay.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Nip/Tuck and the director of Running with Scissors, is Focus' pick to direct the project, according to TMZ.com.

TMZ claims that the script "is being kept tightly under wraps, but we hear it blends both the actual and the not-so-factual events that lead up to the making of the classic thriller, a retelling wherein a killer outside the script becomes interested in Hitchcock's chilling masterpiece."

This isn't the only Alfred Hitchcock-inspired pseudo-biopic, movie-within a-movie that is in the works. Number Thirteen, starring Dan Fogler as Hitch, focuses on the Master of Suspense's lost and unfinished first film, complete with a murder plot and love triangle involving the filmmaker. Ben Kingsley co-stars.

Focus' parent company, Universal Pictures, is also developing a remake of Hitchcock's The Birds with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on November 08, 2006, 08:53:21 PM
I"m guessing they have to pay some residuals to the Hitchcock estate to use his likeness.........why not just make these movies with a Hitch-esque director since they've partly fictional?
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: SiliasRuby on November 08, 2006, 10:20:37 PM
why not just make these movies with a Hitch-esque director since they've partly fictional?
Depalma!
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on November 08, 2006, 10:24:36 PM
i think you know what i was going for and are joking, but to clarify, i meant just a fictional director who typically does suspense as the lead character.

maybe they are hoping that Hitch's name draws people to the project?
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: SiliasRuby on November 08, 2006, 10:30:21 PM
i think you know what i was going for and are joking, but to clarify, i meant just a fictional director who typically does suspense as the lead character.

maybe they are hoping that Hitch's name draws people to the project?
No need to clarify, they are hoping they won't have to hit the "young, hip" audience over the head on who Hitchcock was and what his cinema meant.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Mr. Sophistication on January 11, 2007, 01:19:06 AM
Dario Argento made a similar type of movie called "Do You Like Hitchcock?" I have never seen it but reading that article reminded me of it. Here is a Synopsis I found for it on TCM.

Brief Synopsis:
 
University students studying the films of Alfred Hitchcock become caught up in a series of murders inspired by the great director's works. 

Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on January 29, 2007, 05:16:16 PM
Hitchcock Unwilling to Meet Spielberg

The New York Post's Page Six reports on why, at the end of his life, the great auteur Alfred Hitchcock was too ashamed to meet young up-and-comer Steven Spielberg, who idolized him:


ONE of the biggest disappointments in director Steven Spielberg's life was Alfred Hitchcock's repeated refusal to meet him - but it turns out the Master of Suspense had a bizarre excuse. In his memoir, "Things I've Said, But Proba bly Shouldn't Have," due in May from Wiley, actor Bruce Dern writes that he tried and tried to convince the director of "Psycho" and "The Birds" to say hello to Spielberg, who had just triumphed with "Jaws." "I said, 'You're his idol. He just to sit at your feet for five minutes and chat with you' . . . He said, 'Isn't that the boy who made the fish movie? . . . I could never sit down and talk to him . . . because I look at him and feel like such a whore,' " Dern relates.

Completely puzzled, Dern, who appeared in two Hitchcock flicks, finally pinned the director down: "I said, 'Why do you feel Spielberg makes you a whore?' Hitch said, 'Because I'm the voice of the 'Jaws' ride [at Universal Studios]. They paid me a million dollars. And I took it and I did it. I'm such a whore. I can't sit down and talk to the boy who did the fish movie . . . I couldn't even touch his hand."
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Pubrick on January 30, 2007, 09:33:20 AM
In his memoir, "Things I've Said, But Proba bly Shouldn't Have," due in May from Wiley, actor Bruce Dern

Clerk: You want to rent buy it, sir?
Homer Pubrick: Why? I just saw the best part!
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on April 08, 2007, 10:29:11 AM
The Psycho Legacy in the works
Source: Moviehole

In addition to a new Alfred Hitchcock biopic – starring Anthony Hopkins – we’re also going to be treated to a spiffy new documentary on the master of suspense.

“The Psycho Legacy”, conceived by the gang behind the ‘Icons of Fright’ website (Robg is the producer), is a documentary chronicling the entire “Psycho” film franchise - including the original movie, the sequels, the TV movies, the Robert Bloch novels and the Innovation comic books. It's meant to examine and look at the complete history of a pop culture icon. Norman Bates. And more importantly... Mother.

Interviews include several people involved in all the films, as well as various professionals currently in the horror industry whom were inspired by “Psycho” and it's sequels. The object of the film (Being produced by ICONS OF FRIGHT co-creator Robg.) is to both reflect and remind people that the PSYCHO films have their set place in horror history and are still relevant and loved by genre fans of today.

Its believed that Lee Garlington, Mick Garris, and Tom Holland are just a couple of the “Psycho” folks that have been interviewed.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: I Don't Believe in Beatles on July 03, 2007, 02:53:40 AM
I'm not sure if this has already been posted...  You can listen to Truffaut and Hitchcock's audio tapes here (http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Hitchcock%2FTruffaut%20Tapes).
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on September 18, 2007, 09:28:00 PM
Vertigo is on AMC as I type.

Apparently it is Hitchcock week on the channel.

They had an ad for Psycho cut to Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer."
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: The Sheriff on September 18, 2007, 11:42:40 PM
one time, i was reading a cartoon in a magazine waiting for my friend (mybe my school paper) and in one panel, a giant guy in a bird suit was chasing someone so the guy running away was saying "ahhh, its like a scene from a hitchcock movie" but the way they seperated the words it read

ahhh, its like a scene from a hitch-
cock movie.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Pubrick on September 19, 2007, 12:13:46 AM
one time, i was reading a cartoon in a magazine waiting for my friend (mybe my school paper) and in one panel, a giant guy in a bird suit was chasing someone so the guy running away was saying "ahhh, its like a scene from a hitchcock movie" but the way they seperated the words it read

ahhh, its like a scene from a hitch-
cock movie.

if it had to be split that's where you'd have to do it.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on September 23, 2007, 12:38:24 AM
saw The Trouble With Harry again.
it's hilarious and truly beautifully shot.

saw Family Plot for the first time - Hitch's last.
seemed quite odd to have a Hitch film placed in the 70's and especially odd to not have a Herrmann score - John Williams no less.

also saw Shadow of a Doubt for the first time.
i was expecting more. i definitely loved the shot in the beginning when Cotton is running from the two men - where the two men are shot from above and then the camera pans to up and over to reveal Cotton.

noticed that the 2005 Spec Ed DVD of Lifeboat is on sale at Wal-Mart for $5. i didn't get it because i was not sure if there was another release since it was so cheap.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on February 12, 2008, 02:57:47 PM
http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/20148385.html (click for HQs)

Vanity Fair. The Hollywood Issue.
THE FULL HITCHCOCK PORFOLIO FROM THIS MONTH'S VF FEATURING KEIRA, CHARLIZE, MARION, JAMES & A BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE. SOME MORE FAMOUS THAN OTHERS...

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Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: ©brad on February 12, 2008, 04:22:06 PM
these are awesome!
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 12, 2008, 05:22:04 PM
Amazing!
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: picolas on February 12, 2008, 07:38:48 PM
yep. prettty good.

i never would've recognized zellweger without the caption.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: modage on February 12, 2008, 09:02:13 PM
yep the coolest photo spread of all time.  i wish there were more.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on February 13, 2008, 02:57:07 AM
http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/20148385.html (click for HQs)

Vanity Fair. The Hollywood Issue.
THE FULL HITCHCOCK PORFOLIO FROM THIS MONTH'S VF FEATURING KEIRA, CHARLIZE, MARION, JAMES & A BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE. SOME MORE FAMOUS THAN OTHERS...

This still from Suspicion would have been cool in the series:

(http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9611/suspicionfx8.jpg)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 13, 2008, 02:55:52 PM
If RK hadn't already grabbed the NXNW shot, I might be hitchsparrow or sparrowgen right now. 

But that Strangers on a Train one is my favorite.  If there was an award for best acting in a photograph, James MacAvoy would win it.

But I wonder who cancelled at the last minute on the Dial M shoot?  At first I thought the would-be killer was David Strathairn.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Gamblour. on March 04, 2008, 11:26:30 AM
But I wonder who cancelled at the last minute on the Dial M shoot?  At first I thought the would-be killer was David Strathairn.

Same here, he would've been great.

Between this and Marty's little wine commercial nostalgia, Hitchcock homages have been among the coolest things to look at lately.

Renee Zellweger looks like Judi Dench, for some reason. And Marion Cotillard, despite just winning Best Actress, is my least favorite. Naomi Watts' acting in that still is better than any frame of Marnie, which is more about Marnie and less about her talent, which has waned recently, I think. McAvoy is definitely my favorite as well.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on July 07, 2008, 03:50:07 PM
Two-disc SEs of Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo

http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/psycho.html

Title: Psycho
Starring: Anthony Perkins
Released: 7th October 2008
SRP: $26.98

Further Details:
Universal Home Video has announced a 2-disc special edition of Psycho which stars Anthony Perkins, and Janet Leigh. The set will be available to own from the 7th October, and should retail at $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Mono track. The full disc specifications are attached below, along with our first look at the official package artwork:

Quote:
Disc 1 (Side A)

• Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho")
• Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
• The Shower Scene
• The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
• The Psycho Archives
• Posters and Psycho Ads
• Lobby Cards
• Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
• Production Photographs
• Production Notes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-Release Trailers

Disc 2 (Side A): Bonus Disc

• The Making of Psycho
• In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Alfred Hitchcock Presents "Lamb to the Slaughter"

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Title: Rear Window
Starring: James Stewart
Released: 7th October 2008
SRP: $26.98

Further Details:
Universal Home Video has officially announced a new special edition of Rear Window which stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. The 2-disc set will be available to own from the 7th October, and should retail at around $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Mono track. The full disc specs are listed below:

Quote:
• Feature Commentary with John Fawell (author of "Hitchcock's Rear Window: The Well-Made Film")
• Production Photographs
• Production Notes
• Theatrical Trailer
• Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart

Disc 2 (Side A): Bonus Disc

• Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
• A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
• Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of the Master
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
• Alfred Hitchcock Presents "Mr. Blanchard's Secret"

(http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6395/rearwindowser1artpic2tm6.jpg)

Title: Vertigo
Starring: James Stewart
Released: 7th October 2008
SRP: $26.98

Further Details:
Universal Home Video has announced a special edition of Vertigo which stars James Stewart, and Kim Novak. The Alfred Hitchcock film will be available to own from the 7th October, and should retail at around $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Mono tracks. We've attached the full disc specifications below:

Quote:
Disc 1 (Side A)

• Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz and Other Vertigo Participants
• Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
• Foreign Censorship Ending
• The Vertigo Archives
• Production Notes
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Restoration Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2 (Side A): Bonus Disc

• Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock's Masterpiece
• Partners in Crime: Hitchcock's Collaborators
• Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
• Alfred Hitchcock Presents "The Case of Mr. Pelham"

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Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on July 08, 2008, 03:31:59 PM
i have the SE's of Psycho and Vertigo, so i don't know if these are justified. the Hitchcock/Truffaut interview excerpts - i guess these are audio? i would doubt they filmed those as it was quite a long process i believe.
i'm not digging those last two covers.
jimmy's face on Vertigo is the kind you'd see on a b-movie cover.
seems weird to just tack on an ep of his tv show.
i'm guessing there must be some correlation - maybe an actor/ress in the film was in the ep or something.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Ravi on July 08, 2008, 04:04:10 PM
i have the SE's of Psycho and Vertigo, so i don't know if these are justified.

The previous DVDs of Psycho and Vertigo are non-anamorphic, though they are available with anamorphic transfers in the Masterpiece Collection.  I'm sure these will eventually be released on Blu-ray.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: w/o horse on August 07, 2008, 11:12:17 AM
http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/index.html

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Hello again. The buzz this week is about Psycho. Several web boards have mentioned the existence of an uncut copy shown on German television -- Tim Lucas tipped off the rest of us at his Video Watchblog a few days back. Back in 1998 Savant reported on the curious inclusion of cut frame grabs in the Truffaut/Hitchcock book, but my conclusions there appear to have been wrong. Hitch didn't give Truffaut the peek-a-boo frames as a prank.

The core evidence is at a German site called Schnittberichte that specializes in cataloguing cut scenes. On their page can be seen images from two of the three scenes in contention. It appears that the extra five seconds of shots showing Norman Bates watching Marion Crane disrobe were officially part of the movie, and not just an outtake as shown in making-of extras on the Psycho special edition -- in fact, the shots are said to have been intact in the English release. But this German telecast showed close-ups of blood on Norman's hands after the shower murder as well. Not shown on the site but alleged to be part of an "uncut" print are an extra knife stab or two in the famous demise of Arbogast, extending the fade-out the bottom of the stairs.

So fans naturally are demanding that the "uncut" version be restored, which brings up a tricky issue. First, Universal may not have intact printing elements for all the new footage on this pre-censorship version. But also, Alfred Hitchcock had twenty years in which to replace the scenes, had he wanted to; and he certainly had the ability to do so at any time, considering his power as a major Universal shareholder. When Psycho was reissued in 1970 or so the ads touted that it was complete, but the prints were the same standard U.S. cut. So it's difficult to make a case for anything but the standard shorter version as Hitchcock's preferred cut. Then again, the disrobing scene was included in an official release version (in the U.K.) so a strong argument can also be made for its restoration.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: cinemanarchist on August 13, 2008, 11:01:15 PM
To commemorate Hitchcock's 109th birthday a blog has posted ALL of the tapes from the Hitchcock/Truffaut interview sessions. I've got such a cinematic boner right now.

http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Hitchcock%2FTruffaut%20Tapes (http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Hitchcock%2FTruffaut%20Tapes)



Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on August 28, 2008, 08:37:49 AM
found out about this set, after finding out about The Lodger remake;

A DEFINITIVE ANTHOLOGY FROM
THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE

ALFRED HITCHCOCK
PREMIERE COLLECTION

Brilliantly Restored And Remastered, The Eight-Disc Set Includes All-New Commentaries, Featurettes, Screen Tests, Vintage Radio Interviews,
An AFI Tribute To The Director And More

Arriving On DVD October 14 From MGM Home Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CA – One of the most influential filmmakers in all of cinema and voted the greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, MGM Home Entertainment presents an extensive compilation featuring the works of a true Hollywood legend when the Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection arrives on DVD October 14. Nominated collectively for a total of 23 Academy Awards, these films are beautifully restored and remastered and feature titles out of print on DVD for several years. The eight-disc set is highlighted by Hitchcock’s Oscar winner for Best Picture Rebecca, starring Joan Fontaine (Suspicion) and Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) in a dark tale of love and obsession. Silver screen siren Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) makes an appearance in two Hitchcock classics; first alongside Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird) in Spellbound, as a young doctor in pursuit of the truth and next alongside Cary Grant (North by Northwest) in Notorious, a tale of crime, passion and espionage. Rounding out the collection is Peck once again in The Paradine Case as a lawyer defending a beautiful woman accused of poisoning her husband, the spy thriller Sabotage, the romantic murder-mystery drama Young and Innocent, the suspenseful high seas thriller Lifeboat and one of Hitchcock’s earliest films, the terrifying whodunit The Lodger featuring an all-new anniversary score.

With hours of all-new special features including audio commentaries, featurettes, screen tests, still galleries, vintage radio interviews, an AFI Tribute to Hitchcock and more, the DVD collection also includes a 32-page notebook with trivia, production notes and more about the legendary director. Available for a suggested retail price of $119.98 U.S. / $159.98 Canada, Rebecca, Spellbound and Notorious will also be available as singe discs for a suggested retail price of $19.98. Prebook is September 17.

Rebecca Synopsis
A young woman marries a fascinating older widower only to discover that she must live in the shadows of his first wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years before.

Special features:
· Commentary by film historian/author Richard Schickel
· Screen tests
· Making of Rebecca Featurette
· The Gothic World of Daphne Du Maurier Featurette
· Original 1938 Radio Play Starring Orson Welles
· 1941 Radio Play Presented by Cecil B. DeMille
· 1950 Radio Play with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
· Four-page booklet

The Lodger Synopsis
During a rash of gruesome murders by a serial killer known only as “The Avenger,” a mysterious stranger arrives in London and rents a room with the Bunting family. Intriguing and reclusive, the Buntings’ new guest soon earns the interest of their beautiful daughter. But when the lodger’s strange habits and odd hours start to coincide with The Avenger’s killings, the Buntings suspect they may have let a murderer into their home…and given him the key to destroying their lives!

Special features:
· 1999 Score by Ashley Irwin presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround
· 1997 Score by Paul Zaza presented in Mono
· Commentary with film historian Patrick McGilligan
· The Sound of Silence: The Making of The Lodger Featurette
· Hitchcock 101 Featurette
· 1940 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
· Restoration Comparison

The Paradine Case Synopsis
Beautiful Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is accused of poisoning her older wealthy husband. Her barrister, the happily married Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck) takes the case but also lets his heart rule his head when he falls hard for his client.


Special features:
· Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
· Isolated Music and Effects Track
· 1949 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Restoration Comparision
· Still Galleries

Spellbound Synopsis
When John Ballantine (Gregory Peck), the new director of a mental asylum arrives on the job, the staff is concerned. He seems too young for the position and his answers to their questions are vague and detached. Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), while knowing he is an imposter with emotional issues, nevertheless falls in love with him. Turning to her mentor, Dr. Alex Brulov (Michael Checkhov) and the use of psychoanalysis she tries to get to the root of Ballantine’s emotional problems.

Special features:
· Commentary with film historians Thomas Schatz & Charles Ramirez Berg
· Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound Featurette
· A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming Featurette
· Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali Featurette
· 1948 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: Film Historian Rudy Belhemer Interviews Composer Miklós Rózsa
· Still Gallery
· 4-Page Booklet

Notorious Synopsis
Daughter of an accused World War II traitor, Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted to entrap one of her father’s colleagues in Brazil, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Raines). Her American contact, secret agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) is openly contemptuous of Alicia and instructs her to wed Sebastian. It is only after she is wed that Devlin lets himself admit that he’s fallen in love with her.

Special features:
· Commentary with film historian Rick Jewell
· Commentary with film historian Drew Casper
· Isolated Music and Effects Track
· The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious Featurette
· Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster Featurette
· AFI Tribute to Hitchcock
· 1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
· Restoration Comparision
· Still Gallery
· 4-Page Booklet

Young and Innocent Synopsis
In this witty, suspense thriller a police chief’s daughter helps a fugitive accused of murder prove his innocence.

Special features:
· Commentary with film historians Stephen Rebello & Bill Krohn
· Isolated Music and Effects Track
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Audio Interview: François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
· Restoration Comparision
· Still Gallery

Sabotage Synopsis
A woman learns that her movie theater manager husband is actually a foreign agent when a bomb he has made kills her brother. Based on Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Secret Agent.


Special features:
· Commentary with film historian Leonard Leff
· Audio Interview: Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
· Restoration Comparision
· Still Gallery

Lifeboat Synopsis
Nominated for three Academy Awards®, Alfred Hitchcock’s World War II drama is a remarkable story of human survival. After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat. Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger – the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With powerful suspense and emotion, this legendary classic reveals the strengths and frailties of individuals under extraordinary duress.

Special features:
· Commentary by University of Southern California School of Cinema & Television Hitchcock professor and film critic, Drew Casper
· “The Making of Lifeboat” featurette
· The original theatrical trailer
· Still gallery featuring photographs from the set



Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
DVD Price: $119.98 U.S. / $159.98 Canada
Order Due Date: September 17, 2008
Street Date: October 14, 2008
Catalog Number: M110985
Total Run Time: 594 minutes
Screen Format: 1.33:1 Full Screen
Audio Features: English Mono
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Closed Captioned: Yes
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on July 20, 2009, 04:59:16 PM
Our friends over at Warner have announced that the North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition will street on 11/3 on both DVD and Blu-ray (SRP $24.98 and $34.99). The Blu-ray will come in exclusive Digibook packaging. Extras will include 2 new documentaries, including The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style and North by Northwest: One for the Ages. You'll also get audio commentary by the film's screenwriter, a music-only track, a photo gallery, a trailer gallery, the 2003 TCM documentary Cary Grant: A Class Apart and the Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest special hosted by Eva Marie Saint.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: blackmirror on May 19, 2010, 12:24:27 PM
I do not believe any film will ever surpass the intelligence and perfection of Vertigo.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Pubrick on June 10, 2010, 09:04:19 PM
Hitchcock talking to his leading lady in this test footage for Blackmail (1929) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl6SMOSXa7A) is going round the internets right now as the first known recording of someone making a "that's what she said" joke.

his version is a bit different but still, what a filthy ole soomka!
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: polkablues on June 10, 2010, 09:33:34 PM
I had no idea Hitchcock was such a smooth son of a bitch...

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/polkablues/hitchposter.jpg)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 10, 2010, 10:16:40 PM
Haha, awesome. I posted both of these on my blog with credit to Polkablues for his creation and Xixax for the great link.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: jerome on June 11, 2010, 06:25:33 AM
hahaha

(also GT, John Hughes*)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Gold Trumpet on June 11, 2010, 09:38:44 AM
(also GT, John Hughes*)

Haha, took me a little while, but I corrected it. That is what happens when you write something at 4am and not all of your senses are working. I gave John Landis a bad name for a few hours. Dumb mistake.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: children with angels on January 30, 2011, 08:19:12 AM
In case anyone is interested, my first academic article to appear in print (in The Hitchcock Annual), called 'What We Don't See and What We Think it Means: Ellipsis and Occlusion in Rear Window', is now available online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/47777361/What-We-Don-t-See-and-What-We-Think-it-Means-Ellipsis-and-Occlusion-in-Rear-Window-By-James-MacDowell.

It's long and detailed, as film studies pieces tend to be, but hopefully might be of interest to those of you who read and like such things.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Sleepless on January 30, 2011, 05:34:04 PM
Congratulations. It was an enjoyable read. What is your background (studying/teaching)?
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: children with angels on January 31, 2011, 04:02:06 AM
Thanks, glad you liked it! I've just handed in my PhD in film studies, having previously done a Masters and an undergrad in Film & Literature - all at the University of Warwick, UK. I've been teaching throughout the postgrad period.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Stefen on January 31, 2011, 04:37:01 AM
I love when xixax does it big. Good job.  :bravo:
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: children with angels on January 31, 2011, 05:53:44 PM
Haha, not sure I've done it big yet exactly, but thanks very much!  8)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: I Love a Magician on February 04, 2011, 11:08:26 AM
def. doin it big when it's linked to in one of my favorite blogs (http://filmdr.blogspot.com/2011/02/panopticon-links.html (http://filmdr.blogspot.com/2011/02/panopticon-links.html))

i promise to read this when i carve out the time to do so
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Mr. Merrill Lehrl on June 14, 2011, 06:44:35 PM
From Trailers from Hell (http://trailersfromhell.com/blog/2011/06/14/the-guru-blotter-john-sayles-moment-in-the-times-and-more/) again, a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLfWwijZZEU) of James Brown asking Hitchcock a question. Probably not an important video in any sense but I think it's a riot that's the one question he wanted to ask.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Pubrick on June 14, 2011, 07:18:52 PM
I've seen that and the bungled question doesn't make any sense. Hitch makes the most of it to fulfil his promotiinal obligations but the whole interaction feels sad, with Hitch so far past his prime and this crack head asking nonsense about his golden years on a forgettable useless promotion tour type program... poor Hitch.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: MacGuffin on August 04, 2011, 06:17:56 PM
Early Alfred Hitchcock effort discovered
A portion of 'The White Shadow,' a 1923 silent film that's considered to be his first credit, is found in a New Zealand archive.
By Susan King, Los Angeles Times

It's the kind of surprise the Master of Suspense would have loved.

The National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive are announcing Wednesday the discovery of the first 30 minutes of a 1923 British film, "The White Shadow," considered to be the earliest feature film in which Alfred Hitchcock has a credit.

Hitchcock, who was just 24 at the time, was the writer, assistant director, editor and production designer on the melodrama, starring Betty Compson as twin sisters —one good and one bad —and Clive Brook. "The White Shadow" will have its "re-premiere" Sept. 22 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The silent film will be added to the academy's Hitchcock collection, which also includes the legendary director's papers.

"What we are getting is the missing link," said David Sterritt, chairman of the National Society of Film Critics and author of "The Films of Alfred Hitchcock." "He was a creative young man who had already done some writing. We know the kind of creative personality he had when he was young and we know a few years later he started directing movies himself. What we don't know is how these things were coalescing in his imagination."

"White Shadow's" director, Graham Cutts, is described by Sterritt as a "hack" who didn't take too kindly to Hitchcock to the point that his "professional jealousy toward the gifted upstart made the job all the more challenging."

"White Shadow" was discovered in a collection of unidentified American nitrate prints that had been safeguarded at the New Zealand archive since 1989. That's when Tony Osborne, the grandson of New Zealand projectionist and collector Jack Murtagh, brought the highly unstable nitrate material to the archive. Because the archive only has the funding to restore its country's vintage films, experts couldn't spend much time with the American releases (though "White Shadow" was a British film it was released in the U.S. in 1924 by Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises). Selznick's son, producer David O. Selznick, would bring Hitchcock to America 15 years later to make "Rebecca."

"We took quite a lot of care into storing them. It was kind of an investment," said Fred Stark, head of the New Zealand archive. "We would wind through these films every 18 to 24 months, which enabled us to keep them from getting stuck, and if there were problems we were able to correct them."

Last year, the National Film Preservation Foundation, the nonprofit charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, received a grant to send an archivist down to the New Zealand archive to check out the American films in the collection. Some 75 features, shorts, newsreels and fragments were discovered last year and divided up between the academy's archive, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Library of Congress, the George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art. The biggest find in that cache was the 1927 John Ford film "Upstream," which was screened at the academy last year.

This year, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which funded the first trip, gave the NFPF more funds to check out what was left. Annette Melville, head of the NFPF, noted that "it was kind of a different activity than the previous work, which had more complete films. A lot of these films will be partial films and fragments."

Nitrate expert Leslie Lewis is NFPF's Sherlock Holmes. She was the lead sleuth last year and also went through the material this time around with the help of the staff at the New Zealand archive. "We pulled a bunch of reels from the nitrate vaults and I just started going through them," Lewis said. "'White Shadow' was initially labeled 'Twin Sisters.'"

Inspecting the footage on the light table, she knew that this was a quality production because the tinted images were striking. "I went home and started poking around, did a lot of research and narrowed down the possibilities," Lewis said. "I realized that this was most likely a film that Hitchcock worked on. I went to the archive the next day and used their research library to pull out some contemporary reviews and summaries and confirmed it was 'White Shadow.'"

Initially, she only had two reels of the film. "But I was inspecting another reel that was just identified as 'Unidentified American film.' I put it on the table and I recognized the actors and the sets. I took dozens of photographs of each reel and then compared them [to the other two reels] and they belonged together."

Among the 60 other titles arriving soon on our shores is a 1928 two-color Technicolor short, "The Love Charm"; an early film from female director Alice Guy; a 1920 dance demonstration; and a fragment of a 1914 Keystone Kops lost comedy, "In the Clutches of the Gang." These "lost" films will be preserved by the five archives over the next three years.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: squints on August 05, 2011, 04:17:41 PM
Pictures Here. (http://www.filmpreservation.org/)
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: Reelist on September 01, 2013, 11:52:04 AM
 maybe this thread should be called Alfred Hitchcock with the movie out and everything...


anyways, on Turner Classic Movies, every week this month

(http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TCM/Images/Dynamic/i221/sundayshitch_apt_678x230_082120130206.jpg)


   SPELLBOUND
   MARNIE
   THE BIRDS
   SHADOW OF A DOUBT
   PSYCHO (1960)
   THE LODGER (1926)
   BLACKMAIL (1929) - SILENT VERSION
   FRENZY
   UNDER CAPRICORN
   STAGE FRIGHT
   I CONFESS
   THE WRONG MAN (1957)
   SABOTEUR
   FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
   NORTH BY NORTHWEST
   THE RING (1928)
   NUMBER SEVENTEEN
   THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
   FAMILY PLOT
   THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
   VERTIGO
   REAR WINDOW
   TO CATCH A THIEF
   THE FARMER'S WIFE
   THE SKIN GAME (1931)
   LIFEBOAT
   THE LADY VANISHES
   TOPAZ
   TORN CURTAIN
   THE 39 STEPS
   SABOTAGE
   DICK CAVETT: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
   THE MANXMAN
   RICH AND STRANGE
   MR. AND MRS. SMITH
   SUSPICION
   STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
   DIAL M FOR MURDER
   REBECCA
   NOTORIOUS
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: tpfkabi on September 01, 2013, 02:29:13 PM
TCM showed most of Truffaut's films last month.

I saw both of the "fact" based Hitch biopics from last year. I don't know that I buy most of it, especially with him being dead and having no chance to refute any of it.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: wilder on January 10, 2014, 01:28:28 AM
Alfred Hitchcock’s Unseen Holocaust Documentary Restored, To Be Screened In Cinemas And On TV
via The Playlist

It has long been an enduring facet to Alfred Hitchcock’s character that away from the director’s many films of murder and heart-stopping suspense, he was greatly repulsed by violence in real life. The examples of this irony might call to mind the twisted types of crime seen in Hitchcock’s usual wheelhouse, but as a new documentary partly made by him about the WWII Nazi death camps nears closer to a re-release, we get the sense that the most unlikely example was the most affecting for the director himself.

In 1945, Hitchcock was asked by his friend Sidney Bernstein to delve into British and Soviet units’ footage of German wartime atrocities and turn it into a cohesive document of the time, one reportedly made to force the German people to come face-to-face with their actions. But as Hitchcock initially saw the footage at Pinewood Studios and left so disturbed that he didn’t return for a week, and then delays led the Allies to reconsider the political point to the film, five of the finished project’s six reels were quietly tucked away in London’s Imperial War Museum.

However, an American researcher found the reels of film in the ‘80s, and after showings at the Berlin Film Festival and on PBS, now the documentary is set for a re-release, in the way that Hitchcock, Bernstein, and others originally intended. Digitally restored with the sixth reel back in, and featuring “Night Will Fall,” a new companion documentary from producer André Singer (“The Act of Killing”) and “directorial advisor” Stephen Frears, Hitchcock’s as-yet-untitled film will be shown on British television in early 2015 with cinema and festival screenings to occur before then.

You can read the full history of the project (once called “Memory of the Camps”) over at the Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/alfred-hitchcocks-unseen-holocaust-documentary-to-be-screened-9044945.html), but the new release will undoubtedly shine a new tragic light on Hitchcock’s work and approach; even though he took only a small role on the project, its emotional effects were no doubt irreversible from that day onward. As Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum described, feedback on the film largely strayed toward calling it “terrible and brilliant at the same time," and we’ll soon see how accurate that assessment proves.
Title: Re: Hitchcock
Post by: wilder on May 17, 2014, 03:17:41 PM
CANNES: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg to Appear in Docu ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’
via Variety

CANNES — Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Wes Anderson and David Fincher are among the interviewees lined up to appear in feature documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which is being produced by Cohen Media Group, Artline Films and Arte.

The pic is based on the recordings that led to Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book “Cinema According to Hitchcock,” which has been dubbed the “Bible of Cinema” by many filmmakers.

The film will also include interviews with Brian De Palma, James Gray, Richard Linklater, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin.

The directors will share how the book shaped their careers, transformed cinema and introduced the French New Wave and “New Hollywood” to the world.

The movie is directed by Kent Jones, the helmer of “A Letter to Elia” and director of the New York Film Festival, and is co-written by Jones and Serge Toubiana, director of Cinematheque Francaise.

The film will journey through the extensive series of conversations between Hitchcock and Truffaut, illustrating their love for filmmaking and demonstrating their impact on world cinema. Scenes from Hitchcock’s films will be intercut with comment from the filmmakers.

Segments from the 1962 original recordings between the two filmmakers will also feature, allowing audiences to hear candid discussions between Hitchcock and Truffaut, and to witness first-hand a quintessential moment in cinematic history.

“For me, in many ways, cinema began with Francois Truffaut’s book about Alfred Hitchcock,” said Jones. “For me, and for many others, the book was more than formative — it was essential and direct.”

The film will be released in spring 2015. Cohen Media Group is handling world-wide sales.