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Which Alfred Hitchcock Films would you like to catch up with?

The Pleasure Garden
The Mountain Eagle
The Lodger
Downhill
Easy Virtue
The Ring
The Farmer's Wife
Champagne
The Manxman
Blackmail
June and the Paycock
Murder!
The Skin Game
Rich and Strange
Number Seventeen
Waltzes from Vienna
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
The 39 Steps
Secret Agent
Sabotage
Young and Innocent
The Lady Vanishes
Jamaica Inn
Rebecca
Foreign Correspondant
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Suspicion
Saboteur
Shadow of a Doubt
Lifeboat
Spellbound
Notorious
The Prandine Case
Rope
Under Capricorn
Stage Fright
Strangers on a Train
I Confess
Dial M for Murder
Rear Window
To Catch a Thief
The Trouble with Harry
The Man who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Wrong Man
Vertigo
North by Northwest
Psycho
The Birds
Marnie
Torn Curtain
Topaz
Frenzy
Family Plot
I'm content with the number of Hitchcock I've seen
I don't want to see new ones, but I'd like to rewatch some

Author Topic: Summer of Hitchcock  (Read 449 times)

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2017, 11:03:40 PM »

Secret Agent (1936)

There are some who see the Hitchcock genius as far back as his silent films, but I think until the 1940s it only comes in very brief flashes buried within films that should be better. I was all up for a good spy thriller and this one keeps you on your toes for a while because when your most reliable character is a double agent played by Peter Lorre, you really can't trust anyone. Unfortunately, as the pace starts to slack I realized the story's complexity was needlessly complex and only around to hide the very obvious bad guy in the ensemble.

Hitchcock does some interesting things with sound, where a single shrill noise will play while the tension builds. There's also a moment with a roulette wheel that's that flash of Hitchcockian style I was referring to. Peter Lorre is having a John Leguizamo of a time (his worst performance) which sticks out even more against the other bland leads.
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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 08:19:03 AM »
Which one would I most like to catch up with Psycho.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2017, 11:34:38 PM »
Dial M For Murder (1954).

First we have the main charachter describing in detail how cleverly he has envisioned a murder. Then we see the crime performed. Not everything goes exactly as planned. Finally, we follow the police investigating the case.

Too much emphasis on procedure and to little on psychology.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2017, 01:53:14 AM »
Thank you!  I fully agree.  Although I seemed to have gotten more enjoyment out of it.
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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2017, 02:16:00 AM »
Dial M For Murder (1954).

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You must have watched it in 2D, because in 3D it's 90.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2017, 01:49:12 AM »
Thank you!  I fully agree.  Although I seemed to have gotten more enjoyment out of it.
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You must have watched it in 2D, because in 3D it's 90.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2017, 01:55:43 AM »
It's presently in my Top 100, but I consider it near-great, not quite a masterpiece. 70 then?

John Williams is tremendous.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2017, 02:06:31 AM »
If it is in your Top 100 you should raise the heat a little!

I totally agree that John Williams as Chief Inspector Hubbard was the great takeway from the movie.
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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2017, 02:13:51 AM »
If it is in your Top 100 you should raise the heat a little!

Well, to be fair, I've seen 134 movies.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Summer of Hitchcock
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2017, 05:49:58 AM »
I thought the husband was the best character in Dial M.
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