08-13-2013, 10:19 AM
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On this date in 1899 Alfred Hitchcock was born. Among his films were North by Northwest, in which Cary Grant uses a tiny razor


And Psycho, in which Anthony Perkins gives Janet Leigh a very close shave with a big knife

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 08-13-2013, 10:36 AM
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He was a true master storyteller and filmmaker. Cool

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 08-13-2013, 01:13 PM
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Psycho, the only classy horror film. Only Mr. Hitchcock could pull it off.

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 08-15-2013, 04:10 AM
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Heh it's funny to call Psycho "classy" since he intentionally made it to be cheap and tawdry. He knew the subject matter was so controversial that he hedged his bets, financing-wise, and used his TV crew and built a cheap set (the L shape of the motel was made that way so that a stationary camera could pan and follow rather than using more expensive dolly tracking shots). Even the black and white film stock is a harsh, cheap stock and certainly not the more beautiful b&w of say Saboteur.

Compared with his lush, color-based, contemporary films like North By Northwest and Vertigo, Psycho almost looks like a made-for-TV movie, which was by design. Of course I don't want to make it seem like I'm denigrating Psycho; it's my favorite film.

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 08-15-2013, 08:23 AM
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The fairly recent semi-biographical film Hitchcock was interesting. Anthony Hopkins didn't seem ideal to me as Alfred, although I can't think of anyone else who could have done better in the role.

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 08-15-2013, 09:07 AM
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Just recently watched "To catch a thief", although "lifeboat" is my favourite Hitchcock movie.
Jack.

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