Hitchcock

..and why not?

Your five fav's

The Man who knew too Much
0
No votes
The 39 Steps
3
3%
Secret Agent
0
No votes
Sabotage
1
1%
Young and innocent
0
No votes
Jamaica Inn
1
1%
Rebbecca
5
6%
Foreign Correspondent
1
1%
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
0
No votes
Suspicion
1
1%
Saboteur
0
No votes
Shadow of a Doubt
7
8%
Lifeboat
1
1%
The Fighting Generation
0
No votes
Spellbound
2
2%
Notorious
3
3%
The Paradine Case
0
No votes
Rope
3
3%
Under Capricorn
0
No votes
Stage Fright
0
No votes
Strangers on a train
9
10%
I confess
0
No votes
Dail M for Murder
1
1%
Rear Window
11
13%
To Catch a Thief
0
No votes
The Trouble with Harry
1
1%
The Man who knew too much
0
No votes
The wrong man
0
No votes
Vertigo
11
13%
North by Northwest
10
11%
Psycho
10
11%
The birds
4
5%
Marnie
1
1%
Torn Curtain
0
No votes
Topaz
0
No votes
Frenzy
1
1%
Family Plot
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 87

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Hitchcock

Postby hippopotamus » 01 Sep 2017, 21:50

I bet this has been done.
I wonder, despite personal feelings, whether for sheer number of singularly great films he isn't the best director who ever lived.

Pick your favourites, defend against other worthy contestants.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby pcqgod » 01 Sep 2017, 22:03

The poll only allows you to pick one.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby hippopotamus » 01 Sep 2017, 22:06

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 01 Sep 2017, 22:09

5 is not enough.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby hippopotamus » 01 Sep 2017, 22:15

K wrote:5 is not enough.


Regular BCB standards aside... we have to show SOME discernment of good taste.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby toomanyhatz » 01 Sep 2017, 22:27

39 Steps (stylish and confident)
Rebecca (a feminist film made by people fighting the notion that that's what they were doing tooth and nail)
Strangers on a Train (tautest thriller and most charming villain)
Rear Window (Psychological thriller of the first order)
Vertigo (quirky, obsessive, downright weird)
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby hippopotamus » 01 Sep 2017, 22:42

My choices and I would Love, and hope to write something about them all

39 steps
Sabotage
Rear Window
The Trouble with Harry
North By Northwest

In short, though

39 Steps:

It was the first Hitchcock film I remember watching and being floored by. For a reason that befuddles me now, I decided to put it on after inviting some girls around to my house for a sleep over. They were "cool" girls too. They thought it was hilariously outdated. I admit I laughed when he runs through the highlands double speed with the silly looking constables chasing after him. But the scene where the Baddie shows his little pinky actually made me GASP. Robert Donat is just so lovely. His "Hitchcock" Blond is frustrating but also empathetic. I love the 1930's drama which has enough suspense it doesn't need realism. I haven't read the book, but having seen this film practically a billion times (3 times in the same week I first saw it) I still don't 100% get the story of the femme fatale spy in the beginning... but she IS so dramatic and classy! i don't think it could be remade better, as it uses all the 1930's charm to it's full advantage.


Sabotage

The most chilling film I think I've seen. In this age of ever-present terrorism threat I often think of this film. I still think it's unbelievably gut-wrenching. There are so many angles to it. The character of the cinema owner is a really deep and tragic one. I think it's the most under-rated.

Rear Window

Better every time I see it. It's actually ingenious.
From it's colours, it's characters and it's very real handling of real relationship issues... it has to be one of the best films ever made.
I saw it on the big screen and was the best cinema experience of my life.

The Trouble With Harry

I have too much to say about this film. I keep watching it to try and understand it. Until going through it's filmography I didn't realise how early it was. Imagine Being Hitchcock and deciding to completely invert your whole formula. Instead of making a full length feature film dramatising the threat that someone MAY get killed... kill a guy in the beginning and let the rest of the film be about how nobody really gives a damn.

North By Northwest

"The Man who Sneezed in Lincoln's Nose" enough said.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 01 Sep 2017, 23:40

Vertigo
Psycho
Notorious
Shadow of a Doubt
Rebecca
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Jeemo » 02 Sep 2017, 00:05

Love Hitchcock, watched Torn Curtain last week, loved it.

Top 5

39 Steps
Shadow of A Doubt
Rear Window
North by Northwest
Psycho.

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Re: Hitchcock

Postby toomanyhatz » 02 Sep 2017, 00:15

Pained me to leave "North by Northwest" off. It's my number 6, and on a good day could replace any of the 5 above it.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby The Modernist » 02 Sep 2017, 00:17

Vertigo
Psycho
Strangers On a Train
Spellbound
Shadow Of a Doubt.

I obviously like dark Hitch!

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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 02 Sep 2017, 00:27

The Modernist wrote:Vertigo
Psycho
Strangers On a Train
Spellbound
Shadow Of a Doubt.

I obviously like dark Hitch!


Spellbound is a bit of an off-kilter pick!
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby The Modernist » 02 Sep 2017, 00:34

Actually it's one I need to rewatch. I just remember the impact it made on me as a teenager, I was fascinated with the way it merged dreams with reality.

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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 02 Sep 2017, 01:21

I think it's pretty clunky. It relies on a kind of false Freudian notion that identifying trauma is the same as healing it. The characterizations are a bit stock too. Then there's the strangeness of the Dali imagery in the dream sequences. It doesn't really work, but it's beautiful.

All of this said, I completely get it leaving a strong impression. It haunted me for years too. So despite my criticisms, I actually get why you might rate it really highly.
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Matt Wilson » 02 Sep 2017, 01:33

Strangers on a Train
Rear Window
Vertigo
North by Northwest
Psycho

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Re: Hitchcock

Postby joels344 » 02 Sep 2017, 04:02

So many brilliant films, but I consider Vertigo his absolute masterpiece. I'd closely follow that film with Rear Window, Psycho, Strangers On a Train, and Rope.

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Postby Matt Wilson » 02 Sep 2017, 04:07

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:I think it's pretty clunky. It relies on a kind of false Freudian notion that identifying trauma is the same as healing it.


Hitch used the same notion later on in Marnie.

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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Charlie O. » 02 Sep 2017, 06:22

I need to re-watch a lot of these, and there are a few I've never seen. But I'll go with:

Rebecca
Shadow Of A Doubt
Strangers On A Train
Rear Window
North By Northwest
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Re: Hitchcock

Postby Belle Lettre » 02 Sep 2017, 08:35

I rather like Marnie for some reason.
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Postby Rayge » 02 Sep 2017, 09:16

joels344 wrote:So many brilliant films, but I consider Vertigo his absolute masterpiece. I'd closely follow that film with Rear Window, Psycho, Strangers On a Train, and Rope.


Remarkably, exactly the same five as I chose, except I would put Rear Window first. I'd love to write more – in fact I have written whole magazines about Rope, Rear Window and Vertigo – but a busy weekend ahead.
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