11 items from 2010
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- Brent Hartinger
There isn't a person on Earth that can deny that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. You simply don't earn the title "Master Of Suspense" without making a few great films. But before Hitchcock directed Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window and North By Northwest, he was a silent film director. Sadly, the prints of some of his earliest work are slowly decaying with time and are in desperate need of restoration, but it's something that you can help fix. The BFI National Archive is currently accepting donations from those willing to put money towards saving the remaining Hitchcock silent films. Asking people to "Rescue the Hitchcock 9," the films in question are The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger, The Ring, Downhill, Easy Virtue, The Farmers Wife, Champagne, The Manxman and Blackmail. Most mainstream moviegoers likely has never heard of any of these titles, but hopefully the name »
Two early Alfred Hitchcock efforts: Ivor Novello in The Lodger (top); Anny Ondra in Blackmail (bottom) "Rescue the Hitchcock 9" is the name of a campaign by the British Film Institute to save nine Alfred Hitchcock silent films, among them Blackmail (1929), shot as both a silent and a talkie. "Be part of the challenge to bring these rare films back from the brink and into the digital age to be enjoyed by everyone," urges the BFI website. Also from the BFI website: Curators of the BFI National Archive have identified a collection of films in desperate need of restoration with nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent films being the first to seek rescue through the Support the BFI campaign. Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films are among the most important in British cinema history. But decades of wear and tear have left them in urgent need of restoration. The nine »
- Andre Soares
Officials at the British Film Institute (BFI) are urging fans to 'adopt' an Alfred Hitchcock movie as part of a scheme to raise money for the restoration of the legendary director's early pictures.
The campaign aims to gather enough donations to allow movie experts to restore nine of Hitchcock's silent film reels from the 1920s, including Blackmail, The Ring and Easy Virtue, which have all been damaged over time and are in need of repair.
Movie enthusiasts can hand over their cash through the BFI's website - a contribution of $7,500 (£5,000) earns the donor an onscreen credit, while $37.50 (£25) is enough to restore 50 centimetres (20 inches) of film.
BFI bosses have also launched a hunt for 75 missing films, with Hitchcock's The Mountain Eagle topping the 'most wanted' list.
The producer, director, writer and cinematographer Ronald Neame, who has died aged 99, played an important role in British cinema for more than half a century. The critic Matthew Sweet once called him "a living embodiment of cinema, a sort of one-man world heritage site". Neame was assistant director to Alfred Hitchcock on Blackmail (1929), the first British talkie; he was the cinematographer on In Which We Serve (1942), Noël Coward's moving tribute to the Royal Navy during the second world war; he co-produced and co-wrote David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945) and Great Expectations (1946); and he directed Alec Guinness in two of his best roles, in The Horse's Mouth (1958) and Tunes of Glory (1960). As if this wasn't enough, Neame also conquered Hollywoo d with one of the first and most successful disaster movies, »
- Ronald Bergan
By Lee Pfeiffer
Ronald Neame, the legendary cinematographer-turned-screenwriter-turned producer-turned director, has died from complications from a fall. He was 99 years old. Neame's impressive resume goes back to the early days of sound films, having worked on on Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail. The multi-talented Neame also took up screenwriting and earned Oscar nominations for co-writing the scripts for the classics Brief Encounter and Great Expectations. He was considered a pioneer in the use of Technicolor and was so revered in the British film industry that he was made a Commander of the British Empire. Neame represented the by-gone era of gentleman directors who generally dressed nattily on film sets and brought a wealth of culture to their productions. He directed such high profile films as Tunes of Glory, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Chalk Garden, Gambit, Scrooge, The Odessa File and the blockbuster 1972 hit The Poseidon Adventure. For more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
British director Ronald Neame has died at the age of 99 after failing to recover from a fall.
The Poseidon Adventure filmmaker passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday, his friend Peter Bowes has confirmed.
Born in London to photographer Elwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame began his career in the film industry as a messenger boy at the U.K.'s famous Elstree Studios, where he first met acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock.
But Neame will perhaps be best remembered for 1972's The Poseidon Adventure, which earned three Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Shelley Winters. The disaster movie, which also starred Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine, won in the two other categories it was nominated for - Best Song for The Song from The Poseidon Adventure, also known as The Morning After, and Special Achievement in Visual Effects.
He is survived by his third wife Donna Friedberg, who he wed in 1993; his son Christopher, a writer/producer, from his first marriage to Beryl Heanly; and his grandson Gareth, who works as a TV producer. »
British filmmaker Ronald Neame, whose career dates back to serving as assistant cameraman on the first feature film made with sound in Great Britain, Alfred Hitchcock's "Blackmail," has died, according to reports. He was 99.
No details were available.
As a producer, Neame was involved with three British classics: "Brief Encounter" (1945), "Great Expectations" (1946) and "Oliver Twist" (1948). "Brief Encounter" and "Great Expectations" were the fruition of a production partnership called Cineguild that Neame had formed with David Lean and Anthony Havelock-Allan.
As a screenwriter, Neame earned Oscar nominations for the screenplays of "Brief," adapted from a Noel Coward play, and "Expectations," from Charles Dickens' novel. He shared those distinctions with Lean and Havelock-Allan.
Cineguild broke up in 1947 with a fall-out between Neame and Lean when »
- By Duane Byrge
Updated through 6/16.
Breathless turned 50 just once this year, but Psycho's celebrating its anniversary twice — first with a re-release in the UK back in April and again right now with an eleven-part "Director's Spotlight" series on Alfred Hitchcock at PopMatters. Along with two pieces on Psycho (Francesc Quilis and Despina Kakoudaki) and "Hitchcock 101," a sort of series within the series, Michael Curtis Nelson considers Blackmail and "the Birth of the British Talkies" and Benjamin Aspray notes the "Difference of Laughter Between British and American Hitchcock." »
Before The Office, before Wayne's World, and long before "International 'That's What She Said' Day," there was a sound test for the 1929 Alfred Hitchcock movie Blackmail. In this snippet, which is embedded after the jump, Hitchcock teases his leading lady, Anny Ondra, in a rather saucy way. According to Moviefone, Hitchcock's first movie with sound had a small hitch itself, in that its lead actress Anny Ondra had a hard-to-understand accent. In the movie, a different actress actually said Ondra's lines off-camera. So this little sound test featured a most flustered Ms. Ondra, who was embarrassed to be recorded.
Although I feel certain cavemen themselves had a way to express this all-purposes phrase (often shortened to Twss among certain Cinematical staffers), it looks like we have here the first recorded instance of a "That's what she said!" type of joke. Although Hitch doesn't say it outright, it's close enough. »
- Jenni Miller
As someone who was born and brought up in South Africa, I was particularly interested to discover how Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon managed with the notoriously difficult South African accent in Clint Eastwood's Invictus. Actually, there are many South African accents, so a distinction has to be made between Nelson Mandela (Freeman), an English-speaking Xhosa, and François Pienaar (Damon), an English-speaking Afrikaner. The two Americans had a fairly good shot at it, despite sometimes betraying their origins, and Freeman slipping occasionally into Dalek mode. For most audiences, however, who don't have an ear especially attuned to the nuances of South African accents, Freeman and Damon will sound authentic enough.
This follows worthy but inconsistent efforts by Denzel Washington and »
- Ronald Bergan
11 items from 2010
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