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Hitchcock Review: “Family Plot” (1976)

Posted by therebelprince on January 10, 2014

Barbara Harris in "Family Plot"

Barbara Harris in “Family Plot”

Well, dear readers, it’s been a two-year journey to watch (or rewatch) all of the films of the Master of Suspense. For the most part, my project has been quite minimal, really just a capsule idea of each film, but I hope they’ve conveyed a sense of just why we film buffs still love Hitch 90 years after his first film was released. Today, I’m capping off the project with a (much delayed) investigation into his comedic final work. Stick around.

“I told you about danger, didn’t I? First it makes you sick. Then, when you get through it, it makes you very, very loving.”

— Arthur Adamson, Family Plot

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Frenzy” (1972)

Posted by therebelprince on April 3, 2013

Barbara Leigh-Hunt's last moments in "Frenzy"

Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s last moments in “Frenzy”

Welcome back to the latest installment of my Hitchcock reviews. Today, I want to ask the question, “Why do we still revere Hitchcock?” And, to do so, let’s take a look at his penultimate film – in which he returns to Britain, and so many of his greatest themes.

“The police as usual have got these things arse about face.”
— Rusk (Barry Foster), “Frenzy”

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Hitchcock Reviews: “Topaz” (1969)

Posted by therebelprince on September 18, 2012

 Welcome back to my Hitchcock reviews. As we near the end of Hitch’s career, let’s take a look at one of the director’s last – and most debated – films.

“To be a man of principle is one thing, but a man doesn’t cut his throat on principle.”

— Jacques Granville (Michel Piccoli), Topaz

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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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Hitchcock Reviews: “Vertigo” (1958)

Posted by therebelprince on April 28, 2012

Barbara Bel Geddes in “Vertigo”

Welcome back to my Hitchcock reviews. This week, I’m narrowing the focus to just one film: Vertigo.

“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.”

– Madeleine, Vertigo

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Hitchcock Reviews: The TV Episodes

Posted by therebelprince on April 21, 2012

This week, in my complete Hitchcock reviews, I thought I’d take a break from films to have a look at Hitchcock’s contribution to television. Here, from 1955, the great director became a household name, thanks to his TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

“Next thing you know, they’ll be televising the whole thing.”

— Captain Wiles, “The Trouble with Harry”

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