Archive for tag: Alfred Hitchcock

Orson Welles Has a Daughter Named Rebecca

25 May, 2015 (05:40) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Robert C. Cumbow, Essays, Orson Welles | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 38, January 1975] What do Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940) and Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) have in common? Quite a lot, it seems to me. And yet, in all my reading on film, I have run across only one brief speculation on the subject: Andrew Sarris’s, in the context of his rebuttals […]

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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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Blu-ray/DVD: ‘Wake in Fright’ and Hitchcock’s original ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’

17 January, 2013 (07:34) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

“Wake in Fright” (Image), one of the seminal works of the New Australian cinema of the seventies, is a brutal, blackly funny thriller of an urban schoolteacher (Gary Bond) posted to the Australian Outback, which is a sun-blasted nightmare as far as he’s concerned. He can’t leave fast enough when his Christmas vacation arrives, but […]

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New on Blu-ray: Hitchcock, Huston and the First Oscar Winner

1 February, 2012 (17:50) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

Hitchcock / Selznick: Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound (MGM) Hindsight is 20/20, but teaming of British perfectionist director Alfred Hitchcock and American iconoclast producer David O. Selznick was doomed to conflict. Selznick, who brought Hitchcock to Hollywood with an exclusive contract, was a director in all but name. He micromanaged his pictures down to the shot, rewriting […]

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Dinosaurs in the Age of the Cinemobile

9 December, 2010 (09:19) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Industry | By: Richard T. Jameson

WHEN BILLY WILDER’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes opened at Christmastime 1970, no one would give it the time of day – literally. In my city, though a cozy relationship with United Artists forced the local theater circuit to book the film into one of the few remaining downtown movie palaces, they had no […]

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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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