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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 3/1/2009 3:24:43 PM   
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I saw The Wrong Man again yesterday and I have to say it's not one of my favourites.  It's reasonably entertaining, but there's not much suspense in it, imo and I didn't like the whiney Rose character.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 12/1/2009 12:25:04 AM   
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Alfred Hitchcock is my favorite director, my favorite films by him are Vertigo, Psycho, North By Northwest and Rear Window

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 23/1/2009 11:47:05 AM   
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Watched the 1935 version of The 39 Steps. Very enjoyable albeit heavily adapted. One question though, why did the villain (short fingered man) shoot The Memory Man at the end? There goes the important secret he's been trying very hard to smuggle out the country!

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 24/1/2009 5:07:01 PM   
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I think Hitchcock directed many good films. My favorite? Perhaps Rear Window. 

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/2/2009 4:59:11 PM   
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At the minute my favourite isShadow of a Doubt, but I'm not an expert by any means.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/2/2009 5:22:52 PM   
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At the minute my favourite isShadow of a Doubt, but I'm not an expert by any means.

That cropped up in Vicky Cristina Barcelona the other day: excellent film. Shadow of a Doubt, that is.
 
My favourite Hitchcock movie is The Lady Vanishes.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/2/2009 5:29:15 PM   
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I've been watching a few Hitchcocks lately for the first time and have also rewatched a few. I'm finding it hard to decide which one is my favourite. I'll have to give The Lady Vanishes a go as i've never seen that.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 25/2/2009 5:25:44 PM   
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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/6/2009 1:35:43 AM   
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Alfred Hitchcock was really a master at what he did. My most favourites so far from hitchcock have got to be The 39 Steps, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest and Psycho.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/6/2009 12:16:06 PM   
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I've been slowly working my way through a couple of Hitchcock boxsets and this is how I'd rate the ones I've watched...

Vertigo 10/10
Rear Window 10/10
Strangers On A Train 9/10
Rope 8/10
Dial M For Murder 8/10
The Wrong Man 7/10

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/6/2009 1:53:54 PM   
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My faves...

1. The 39 Steps
2. Rear Window
3. Rope
4. The Lady Vanishes
5. Rebecca

Bubbling under...

Mr and Mrs Smith
North by Northwest
Marnie

Need to watch again (its been so long)

Psycho
Vertigo

Like but dont love...

Saboteur
I confess

Wasnt overly impressed with last time I watched them...

Shadow of a doubt
Strangers on a train

Have to watch...

The rest of them. Though it is possible I did see some of them in my younger years on saturday afternoon on BBC2, I just cant remember...

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 18/6/2009 2:52:24 PM   
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Hi there,
I watched "Marnie" the other day on high recommendation from a mate.
It's absolutely great!!!
Sean connery as I've never seen him before.
Fantastic!

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 19/6/2009 10:10:26 PM   
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Marhie is extroadinary,so beautiful,intense and disturbing. It tends to divide people like few other Hitchcock films do. Tippi Hedren's performance is in my view one of the most underrated in the history of the cinema.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 20/6/2009 2:40:49 PM   
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So far seen

Rear Window (1954) *****
North by Northwest (1959) *****
Dial M for Murder (1954) *****
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) ****
Strangers on a Train (1951) ****
To Catch a Thief (1955) ****
Psycho (1960) ****
Marnie (1964) ****
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) ****
Rope (1948) ****
Notorious (1946) ***1/2
Frenzy (1972) ***1/2
The Birds (1963) ***1/2
Saboteur (1942) ***1/2
Lifeboat (1944) ***1/2
Blackmail (1929) ***
The Lady Vanishes (1938) ***
The 39 Steps (1935) ***
Torn Curtain (1966)  **
Young and Innocent (1937) **
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) *
The Paradine Case (1947) *

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 20/6/2009 5:11:30 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Ultimo Lee

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) *
The Paradine Case (1947) *


I definitely agree with those two. Mr and Mrs Smith is an awful comedy which shows why he never did any more (other than injecting some black comedy into his films) and the Paradine Case is poorly handled with a snail slow pace and a rather bland plot.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 20/6/2009 10:33:45 PM   
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I've managed to see:

The Lodger (1927) - 6/10
Blackmail (1929) - 5/10
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) - 6/10
The 39 Steps (1935) - 7/10
The Lady Vanishes (1938) - 6/10
Rebecca (1940) - 5/10
Shadoe of a Doubt (1943) - 6/10
Notorious (1946) - 7/10
Rope (1948) - 7/10
Stage Fright (1950) - 6/10
Strangers on a Train (1951) - 6/10
I Confess (1953) - 5/10
Dial M For Murder (1954) - 7/10
Rear Window (1954) - 8/10
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - 7/10
The Wrong Man (1956) - 7/10
Vertigo (1958) - 6/10
North By Northwest (1959) - 7/10
Psycho (1960) - 7/10
The Birds (1963) - 8/10

8/10 and 7/10 are great marks in my ratings system so don't think i don't like him!

Still really want to see Marnie, Saboteur, To Catch a Thief and Spellbound.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 20/6/2009 11:22:20 PM   
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I don't rate Spellbound too highly myself although there are some great visuals in it but it is a bit too tied down by the psychotherapy which limits it a bit to much (I prefer High Anxiety )

I presently have Jamica Inn, Secret Agent and Topaz pending on my shelf although I do not have high hopes for any of them if I am honest.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 22/6/2009 12:27:18 AM   
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Ive seen a bit of Topaz when it came on T.V, cant say it held my interest very well though....

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 5/7/2009 2:54:25 PM   
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Topaz is one of his worst films in my opinion,I adore Hitchcock but everyone has their off days,especially someone who has made as many films as Hitch! Topaz has a complex plot which sometimes holds the interest and a couple of good scenes,but it's mostly cold and dull,actually gets pretty tedious towards the end,and finishes with a whimper. I don't think he really cared about the film.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 7/7/2009 3:21:35 PM   
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The only Hitchcock film I've seen is Rear Window, and i absolutely adored it!
Definitely will be watching some more of his movies!

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 7/7/2009 3:37:22 PM   
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Your other lists suggested you liked the more romantic type, Lily - perhaps try Notorious or North by Northwest next?

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 7/7/2009 3:42:24 PM   
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The only Hitchcock film I've seen is Rear Window, and i absolutely adored it!
Definitely will be watching some more of his movies!



Is there anybody who hasn't liked Rear Window? I usually put down its nigh on universal appeal to the idea that it is very easy for the viewer to put him- (or her-)self into the position of Jeff, even if we don't have a girlfriend who looks anything like Grace Kelly. We aren't all likely to be Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive chased across America for a macguffin, or Ben McKenna who's child has been kidnapped in Marakech, but we've all got a room window and have wondered what happens on the outside. Jeff isn't even dynamic (he can't be with that leg) or particularly intelligent, he's just very, very nosey and therefore a great canvas for us all to project our own personalities on. And while we are a species that has to live in societies to survive it doesn't stop us being naturally cautious and wary of our neighbours, a very basic well of fear that Hitch drinks deeply from.

Despite a recent watching I still wouldn't rate it as one of Hitchcock's best 5 films. My main complaint being that the characters are too flat and we have one of his clearest definitions between good and bad, but I can't deny that it seems to have a universal appeal.


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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 7/7/2009 8:43:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Professor Moriarty


quote:

ORIGINAL: LilyT08

The only Hitchcock film I've seen is Rear Window, and i absolutely adored it!
Definitely will be watching some more of his movies!



Is there anybody who hasn't liked Rear Window? I usually put down its nigh on universal appeal to the idea that it is very easy for the viewer to put him- (or her-)self into the position of Jeff, even if we don't have a girlfriend who looks anything like Grace Kelly. We aren't all likely to be Roger Thornhill, an advertising executive chased across America for a macguffin, or Ben McKenna who's child has been kidnapped in Marakech, but we've all got a room window and have wondered what happens on the outside. Jeff isn't even dynamic (he can't be with that leg) or particularly intelligent, he's just very, very nosey and therefore a great canvas for us all to project our own personalities on. And while we are a species that has to live in societies to survive it doesn't stop us being naturally cautious and wary of our neighbours, a very basic well of fear that Hitch drinks deeply from.

Despite a recent watching I still wouldn't rate it as one of Hitchcock's best 5 films. My main complaint being that the characters are too flat and we have one of his clearest definitions between good and bad, but I can't deny that it seems to have a universal appeal.




That's very well put But I disagree about there being a clear definition between good and bad. There's a lot of moral ambiguity in the film (is what Jeff is doing wrong?) and it's not clear for a long time that the neighbour has done anything bad.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 9/7/2009 10:10:33 PM   
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I'll definitely be looking up Notorious (with Ingrid Bergman?) and North by Northwest, coincidentally they have all been showing recently on sky movies. I'll be watching out for them. 

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 10/7/2009 10:08:42 PM   
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I'll definitely be looking up Notorious (with Ingrid Bergman?) and North by Northwest, coincidentally they have all been showing recently on sky movies. I'll be watching out for them. 

If you enjoy Notorious (and I'm sure you will), I'd suggest you also take a look at Spellbound and Suspicion.
The Lady Vanishes, one of his last films before going to Hollywood, is a delightful blend of humour, romance and suspense.
And then there's Rebecca, one of the greatest romantic dramas of all time, with superb performances from Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, George Sanders and especially the great Judith Anderson. Don't miss out on that whatever you do.

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 11/7/2009 1:59:37 PM   
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I'll be keeping a look out for them!
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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 11/7/2009 11:07:26 PM   
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I just picked up a 6-film Hitchcock boxset in a sale-there's also a 14-film boxset going cheap which I plan to get! So far, I've watched Stage Fright and Strangers On A Train. Stage Fright is maybe a little underrated-I mean, it's not top-flight Hitch, but it's got a lot of lovely scenes and great performances. Strangers On A Train is excellent, packed with classic Hitchcock moments!

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 12/7/2009 4:09:57 PM   
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FRENZY…Director…Alfred Hitchcock…
I am now working with the Master of filming.
Where I was born in Islington London, there was a huge warehouse type building on the corner of the Grand Union Canal in New North Road. (Very near the North Pole Pub)
It was in fact a film studio. As a kid in the forties I used to swim in the canal as it cost nothing entrance fee. (You had to watch out for the large Mocking birds floating on top of the water)
I think the studio was called Gainsborough and as a kid I remember strangely dressed people popping into the pub on the corner of New North Road and Elizabeth Avenue. (Supporting Artists of the past)
Anyway, that’s where Alfred Hitchcock made many of his films.
(I could have bumped into him while I was going swimming and he was popping in for a swift half. It’s a small world)
ONTO THE FILM…
I was now the not so proud owner of an old Bedford van and was booked by the 2nd A.D. on Frenzy to report to Covent Garden fruit market for the start of a weeks work...
There must have been fifty supporting artists working that week as market porters.
It was thirty years ago but some people still come to mind, like Big Mo Dunster who was stand/in on films for Donald Sutherland. Jimmy (the crow) Hammilton, Eddie Dillon And Bill (the body) Hemmings.
I remember the day that Donald Sutherland came down to speak to Mo about a private matter and got into one of the shots.(Everyone wants to be in a Hitchcock movie)
Mo has done well for himself and now lives in the U.S.A. looking after the Sutherland clan. Best wishes Mo, love Boysie.
Mr. Hitchcock was not very well while he was directing this film and would line up all the shots he wanted and leave the running around to his 1st A.D. (Colin Brewer, I think)
We filmed all around the market for the next week or so loading vans and unloading vans (Including my old Bedford) but I was more interested in watching the Master at work. Then near the end of the shoot in the market it happened.
The Master looked at me then at the 1st A.D. and said…
‘’Tell that man to climb up on that lorry and start unloading it’’
(‘’That man’’) he said my name, I was being directed by the great man himself.
We shot a lot of the inside of the film at Pinewood. Then some stuff with the Bedford Following a potato lorry up and down major roads and that was it.
I was sorry to see the end of the filming but it’s one film I will never forget.
If you’re looking down from that great studio in the sky Mr. Hitchcock ‘’That Man’’ will say hello when he gets there.
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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 20/7/2009 12:28:28 AM   
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Finished off my Hitch boxset: I Confess, Dial M For Murder, The Wrong Man and North By Northwest. The man had a lot of range!

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RE: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock - 28/7/2009 3:19:45 AM   
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Watched Jamaica Inn the other night. Not exactly classic Hitch, but it's atmospheric and has wonderfully roguish characters, not to mention Charles Laughton!

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