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Hitchcock Reviews: “Torn Curtain” (1966)

Posted by therebelprince on August 29, 2012

 This week, in my complete Hitchcock reviews, we arrive at the Cold War, and Torn Curtain.

“Big deal. You still have that expression, ‘big deal’?”

— Walter Gromek (Wolfgang Kieling), Torn Curtain.

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Marnie” (1964)

Posted by therebelprince on August 23, 2012

Tippi Hedren as Marnie

Welcome back to my complete Hitchcock reviews, as we arrive at 1964. Alfred Hitchcock was a household name after four decades in film, appearing regularly on television introducing episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (now The Alfred Hitchcock Hour), and continuing to startle audiences with films like Psycho and The Birds. We’ve moved into Hitchcock’s late period now, and I’ll be exploring his final films one by one.

“You Freud, me Jane?”

— Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren), Marnie

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Hitchcock Reviews: “The Birds” (1963)

Posted by therebelprince on August 19, 2012

This week in my complete Hitchcock reviews, we come to a milestone: The Birds. It’s also the starting point for a bit of divergence in Hitchcock commentary and criticism…

“Birds have been on this planet, Miss Daniels, since Archaeopteryx, a hundred and forty million years ago. Doesn’t it seem odd that they’d wait all that time to start a war against humanity?”

— Mrs. Bundy, The Birds

The Birds (1963)

written by Evan Hunter, from Daphne Du Maurier‘s novel.

The town of Bodega Bay, California, is besieged by bizarre, vicious bird attacks, which seem to centre on a visiting socialite (Tippi Hedren) and the family of a handsome lawyer (Rod Taylor).

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Hitchcock Reviews: The TV Episodes, Part 2

Posted by therebelprince on August 8, 2012

Welcome back, for more of my complete Hitchcock reviews. Before I move on to his final films, I’m following up on my previous post about the director’s TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Today, I’ll take a brief trip through the nine episodes that weren’t covered in that post.

“Television has brought back murder into the home — where it belongs.”

— Alfred Hitchcock

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Hitchcock Reviews: “North by Northwest” (1959) and “Psycho” (1960)

Posted by therebelprince on August 6, 2012

Cary Grant in “North by Northwest”

Welcome back to my Hitchcock reviews, where I attempt an informal look at the vast bulk of the legendary director’s canon. It’s only a brief perusal of the films and TV episodes, but I’m hoping it will encourage others to continue appreciating Hitch’s legacy, and to evaluate the films on their individual contexts and merits, rather than simply the commonly-accepted beliefs about each of them.

Last time, I looked at one of the director’s masterpieces: Vertigo. Today, I’m tackling two of his most popular films: North by Northwest and Psycho.

“That wasn’t very sporting, using real bullets.”

— Phillip Vandamm (James Mason)

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