Archive for category: Alfred Hitchcock

Caliban in Bodega Bay

19 January, 2015 (05:37) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Robert C. Cumbow, Essays, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 41, May 1975] The birds have really made a mess of Bodega Bay. Smoke from a gasoline fire hangs heavy over the city; bodies lie in the streets: abandoned automobiles, smashed windows, and ripped woodwork are grim evidence that the human beings have not won this battle. With Mitch Brenner’s […]

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‘Family Plot': A Diamond in the Rough

6 March, 2013 (14:17) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan Alfred Hitchcock’s career proper begins with a blonde girl’s dying scream and ends on a similarly coiffed woman’s knowing wink. These bookends aren’t indicative of some tonal change over the course of the master’s work; Hitchcock the tragedian and Hitchcock the jester have been here all along, harmoniously sharing the same stage […]

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‘Notorious’ – Radioactive Love

4 March, 2013 (13:33) | Alfred Hitchcock, Essays, Guest Contributor | By: guest

by Evan Morgan In Notorious, love is a weapon more corrosive than a heaping pile of uranium ore. And it has a longer half-life. This Nazi spy story slowly reveals the bruised, battered, but still beating heart pumping beneath its surface. As it does, it emerges as the Hitchcock love story par excellence, a bewitched […]

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Death and the Detective: Vertigo Revisited

1 December, 2010 (16:54) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Robert C. Cumbow, Essays | By: Robert C. Cumbow

Once upon a time an 11-year-old boy went to see the new Hitchcock movie. He came home crying, and didn’t understand why. Fifty-two years later, he thinks he knows. Scotty Ferguson, recovering from the suicide of Madeline Elster, and from his guilt at having failed to prevent it, quite casually encounters on a San Francisco […]

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Hitchcock’s Topaz Revisited

30 July, 2009 (08:34) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Richard T. Jameson | By: Richard T. Jameson

“It is time that we start. Will you be kind enough to follow me? What I‘m going to show you will be mainly the traditional things. Up here let me show you details in the production, which we‘re rather proud of showing. As you see, flowers are made petal by petal, and this is an […]

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Powell and Hitchcock

7 January, 2009 (00:42) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Michael Powell | By: Richard T. Jameson

[This was written on May 15, 2001, for the Northwest Film Forum newsletter.] Michael Powell worked uncredited as a set designer and title writer on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 movie Blackmail. Which is neither here nor there, but does serve to mark the accidental convergence of England‘s two most exciting directorial talents. I was dreaming about […]

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