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Criterion Sale! Black Friday Deals on Tons of Criterion Blu-rays

25 November 2012 12:23 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Just when you thought there couldn't be anymore deals this year Amazon goes and lowers their prices on several of their Criterion Blu-ray titles, many of which are priced at $17.99 including personal must owns such as Seven Samurai, Stagecoach, 12 Angry Men, Diabolique, The Thin Red Line, The Wages Of Fear, The Great Dictator, The Night of the Hunter, Rashomon, 8 1/2, Last Year at Marienbad and a major favorite of mine... Breathless. There are even some titles available for preorder such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Christopher Nolan's Following along with recently released titles such as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, David Fincher's The Game and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. I have broken the titles up into a few categories below based on my personal taste so sort through and give 'em a look and see if you can save a little money on some titles you've been wanting to add to your collection. »

- Brad Brevet

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Viennale 2012. American Genres

6 November 2012 7:33 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I got to experience an unexpected spectrum of American genre cinema here at the Viennale by yet again ignoring the new in favor of the old. Watching in a continuum Fritz Lang's Man Hunt (1941), in the Film Museum's retrospective, John Ford's Donovan's Reef (1963), programmed in the Viennale “for Jean-Marie Straub,” John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), shown in the retrospective sidebar “They Wanted to See Something Different” curated by Jörg Buttgereit, and Tony Scott's Unstoppable (2010) gave me an ellipticalt glimpse of the movement and address of a certain strain of popular American cinema from the middle of the 20th century to the present.

It would be foolish to take Man Hunt as a sort of pure example of Hollywood's industrial genre making of its time, unself-conscious; after all, Ford's own Stagecoach came two years earlier, electrically alive with awareness of the conventions of nearly forty years of the Western in cinema. »

- Daniel Kasman

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Review: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are simply stellar in 'Hitchcock'

2 November 2012 1:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood – There have been many movies about the history of the movie industry, but it’s surprising it took this long for someone to bring the life of Alfred Hitchcock to the big screen.  The legendary filmmaker captained an impressive list of classic films including “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest,” “The 39 Steps,” “The Lady Vanishes” and “Dial M for Murder” among others.  And with his TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents…” he became one of the most recognizable directors and celebrities of the 1950’s.  His biggest hit, however, was one of his latter films, 1960’s “Psycho.”  Hitchcock’s obsession with making that “horror” »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Retrospective: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock Pt. 2 (1940-1976, The Hollywood Years)

31 October 2012 9:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the late 1930s, with films like "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes" having proven global hits, the New York Times wrote: "Three unique and valuable institutions the British have that we in America have not. Magna Carta, the Tower Bridge and Alfred Hitchcock, the greatest director of screen melodramas in the world." And unsurprisingly, he came to the attention of Hollywood, with David O. Selznick signing the filmmaker to an exclusive contract, and bringing him over to direct "Rebecca." And over the next 35 years, Hitchcock produced almost a film per year, including a selection of thrillers that number among the finest ever made (including "Vertigo," named by international critics this year as the greatest film ever). Becoming an icon thanks to his recognizable figure and high public profile, he produced and presented the long-running "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," which along »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Blu-ray Review: Hitchcock Classics ‘Strangers on a Train,’ ‘Dial M For Murder’

23 October 2012 6:52 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Two of Alfred Hitchcock’s most respected thrillers were recently released on Blu-ray as something of a warning shot to the gigantic box set of 15 films being released by Universal next week. Warner Bros. still owns “Dial M For Murder” and “Strangers on a Train,” and so they are the latest classic films inducted into the HD catalog.

How do they hold up against other Hitch Bd releases? Not so great. The fact is that we’ve been a little spoiled. Those of us who love the work of arguably the best director of all time have been lucky enough to experience his work on Criterion (“The Lady Vanishes”) or with lavish special editions (“Psycho,” “North by Northwest”). Neither of the transfers here compare to what we’re used to lately with “Strangers” particularly looking sub-par compared to recent WB releases. “Strangers” has some decent special features but “Dial »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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BBC America & PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ Team Up For ‘The Paradise’ & ‘The Lady Vanishes’

9 October 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A new co-production deal between BBC America Worldwide and Masterpiece will see two more U.K. titles coming to PBS. The Paradise is a rags-to-riches Victorian Era drama series set in Britain’s first department store. The Lady Vanishes is a 90-minute adaptation of the 1938’s Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a woman who gets caught up in a mysterious and menacing case of a missing person. The arrangement to bring the two shows to American audiences was put together by Jemma Adkins, Senior VP Sales and Co-Productions for BBC Worldwide America. Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer of Masterpiece, presented by Wgbh Boston. The Paradise stars What Maisie Knew’s Joanna Vanderham, PrometheusEmun Elliott, Upstairs DownstairsSarah Lancashire and Game of ThronesPatrick Malahide. The Paradise is written and created by Bill Gallagher. Simon Lewis is producing with Susan Hogg as executive producer. Gallagher and Hogg worked together on »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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BFI Hitchcock Season – ‘Rebecca’

3 October 2012 10:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Rebecca

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Written by Robert E. Sherwood

1940, USA

Another crucial film in the villain’s gallery (believe it or not there is a method to my madness) that haunts Hitchcock’s career is Rebecca, his first American film since his emigration in 1939, just as Europe was plunged into inferno and genocide. Based on the novel of Daphne du Maurier whom Hitchcock had previously adapted with Jamaica Inn the year before and would return to again with the avian carnage of The Birds a quarter of a century later Rebecca is a dark, sweeping, gothic romance of an innocent and slightly naive woman swept into the arms of high society and privilege, of dark secrets and forbidden desires locked in remote rooms and fragile hearts. Famously the film won the Academy Award for best picture and began a rather tortured working collaboration between Hitchcock and the prodigious American super-producer David O. »

- John

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Hitchcock Mania Continues With Brit TV Remake Of 'The Lady Vanishes'

21 August 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Need more Hitchock in your life? Well for starters, there are two movies about the legendary filmmaker on the way with Toby Jones playing the director in the upcoming "The Girl" with Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and there's Anthony Hopkins leading "Hitchcock" alongside a massive ensemble of big names. And next month Universal will break your wallet by dropping the "Alfred Hitchock: The Masterpiece Collection" on BluRay, a boxset of 15 iconic films, 13 of which will be in the high def format for the first time. But wait, there's more..... The BBC is gearing up a remake of "The Lady Vanishes" that will present a new take on the master director's early thriller. If somehow you havne't seen the film (and really, fix that immediately), the story follows a young woman who investigates the disappearance of an elderly lady in the midst of a train journey -- but no one »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hitchcock Mania Continues With Brit TV Remake Of 'The Lady Vanishes'

21 August 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Need more Hitchock in your life? Well for starters, there are two movies about the legendary filmmaker on the way with Toby Jones playing the director in the upcoming "The Girl" with Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and there's Anthony Hopkins leading "Hitchcock" alongside a massive ensemble of big names. And next month Universal will break your wallet by dropping the "Alfred Hitchock: The Masterpiece Collection" on BluRay, a boxset of 15 iconic films, 13 of which will be in the high def format for the first time. But wait, there's more..... The BBC is gearing up a remake of "The Lady Vanishes" that will present a new take on the master director's early thriller. If somehow you havne't seen the film (and really, fix that immediately), the story follows a young woman who investigates the disappearance of an elderly lady in the midst of a train journey -- but no one »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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BBC Plans New "Lady Vanishes" TV Movie

21 August 2012 8:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The BBC is producing a new 90-minute telemovie take on the Hitchcock classic "The Lady Vanishes" says BBC News.

Set in 1931, the story centers on a young socialite on vacation who leaves her friends to travel alone. She meets a kind older woman who promptly disappears from her train while travelling across Europe.

Tuppence Middleton ("Spies Of Warsaw," "Love Punch"), Tom Hughes ("Cemetery Junction," "Page Eight"), Keeley Hawes ("Ashes to Ashes," "Spooks"), Gemma Jones ("Spooks"), Julian Rhind-Tutt ("The Hour") and Selina Cadell ("Doc Martin") star.

Diarmuid Lawrence ("Little Dorrit") is directing and Fiona Seres has penned the new telemovie which, like the original 'Lady', is based on Ethel Lina White's novel "The Wheel Spins".

Shooting kicks off on location in Budapest later this month ahead of airing this Christmas in the UK. »

- Garth Franklin

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC ‘Lady Vanishes’; eOne In South Korea

20 August 2012 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

BBC Hitches Wagon To Hitchcock Craze, Again With Alfred Hitchcock hot right now, the BBC is doubling up on the action. It’s already co-producing The Girl with HBO, a look at the director’s obsessive relationship with The Birds star Tippi Hedren. Now, it’s producing a new take on The Lady Vanishes with a British cast that includes Upstairs Downstairs star Keeley Hawes, SpooksGemma Jones and The Hour’s Julian Rhind-Tutt. The 90-minute psychological thriller is penned by Fiona Seres and is set to air at Christmas. Seres adapted the source novel The Wheel Spins, which Hitchcock filmed as The Lady Vanishes in 1938. Set in 1931, the story centers on Iris, a young socialite on vacation who leaves her friends to travel alone. But after fainting at the train station, she awakens in a dreamlike state where a woman who comforts her then vanishes. Tuppence Middleton (Spies Of Warsaw, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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BFI Hitchcock Season – Young & Innocent (1937)

18 August 2012 2:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Young & Innocent

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring Derrick De Marney, Nova Pilbeam, George Curzon

It is a matter of uncertain serendipity that my first film of the BFI’s Hitchcock season happened to be Young & Innocent,  reputedly Hitch’s favourite of his British pictures, now widely considered as the first cohesion of style and substance that displays many of his subsequent iconic motifs and iconography - the incorrectly accused protagonist, the urgent romance, a dash of macabre humor, and of course the intangible plot driver or manipulative McGuffin. If you can parse Hitchcock’s long and exalted career into three core sections – the early silents as the art form’s grammar and genre definitions took shape, the British talkies where Hitch was on the vanguard on a new phase of cinema’s technological transition and the Hollywood era which from 1940 until his death in 1980 marks one of the longest, most »

- John

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Keeley Hawes, Julian Rhind-Tutt for BBC One's 'The Lady Vanishes'

16 August 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Keeley Hawes, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole and Julian Rhind-Tutt are to lead BBC One's new drama The Lady Vanishes. Fiona Seres (The Silence) has adapted Ethel Lina White's novel The Wheel Spins, previously adapted as 1938 film The Lady Vanishes by Alfred Hitchcock. The book tells the story of Iris Carr, a young socialite who encounters the bookish but spirited Miss Froy on a train. However, when she wakes after falling asleep, Iris discovers that her new friend has vanished and is stunned when her fellow passengers deny that Froy ever existed. The 90-minute BBC adaptation will star Selina Cadell (Doc Martin) as Miss Froy, with Tuppence Middleton (Spies of Warsaw) as Iris and Tom Hughes (Silk) as traveller Max Hare. "I am very excited to have such a brilliant cast for The Lady Vanishes (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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The Vertigo Effect: Five Reasons Why Hitchcock’s Film Is So Hypnotic

15 August 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Something strange and mysterious happened this summer – something that sent film critics into a frenzy: popcorn went flying, drinks got spilt, hotdog relish splattered.   For the first time in half a century a film other than Citizen Kane (1941) has hit the heady heights of the BFI’s top film list – and that film is Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958).  The story follows Scottie (Jimmy Stewart), a retired-detective-now-private-investigator suffering from a fear of heights, who’s hired to snoop on the wife of an old friend because of her weird behaviour (lots of hanging round cemeteries and staring at a painting of a dead woman).  Scottie soon finds himself spellbound by Madeleine (Kim Novak), but things take a darker turn as Scottie’s dragged into a vortex of mistaken and stolen identity, obsession, paranoia and murder – before he finds out he’s the ultimate catspaw.

But does Vertigo live up to the hype? »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Best Movie Ever?: "Rear Window"

7 August 2012 10:01 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The dead of summer is probably the best time to kill your bed-sick wife. No one will judge you. It's too damn hot out! We can't all live through it. (R.I.P. Celeste Holm.)

Rear Window is, among other superlatives, the perfect August movie. Just as Alfred Hitchcock opens the curtains on the lives of wheelchair-confined photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), his terribly gorgeous model girlfriend Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), and wisecracking home-care nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter), we're already ankle-deep in the acrid stank of August. The neighbors in our hero's Greenwich Village apartment complex are sweaty, stir-crazy, and easily seen through their agape windows, and it's not long before L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries finds himself whipping out his binoculars and spying on his fellow tenants' mundane existences. Isn't that what we're all doing right now? Blasting the air conditioner, creeping onto Facebook, and hoping to find out »

- virtel

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How Hitchcock's Vertigo eventually topped the Sight & Sound critics' poll

6 August 2012 12:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sight & Sound magazine has announced the results of its latest critics' poll to decide the greatest film of all time. Philip French charts the history of the poll

In the early 1950s, the British Film Institute was transformed by Denis Forman and Gavin Lambert. Forman was appointed director of the BFI in 1948, and one year later, he invited Lambert to edit what Lambert recalled as "the institute's terminally boring magazine Sight & Sound and bring it back to life". Both left the institute in 1955, Forman to help create Granada TV, Lambert to become a Hollywood screenwriter and novelist, and by then the National Film Theatre had been established on the South Bank, and Sight & Sound had become one of the world's pre-eminent film journals.

Among Lambert's innovations was a worldwide poll of critics to vote each decade on the top 10 films of all time, an immense undertaking that utilises the resources »

- Philip French

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Close up: Best. Film. Ever.

2 August 2012 8:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catch up with the last seven days from the world of film

The big story

What's the greatest film of all time? According to the BFI's ten-yearly poll, it's a film that "tells a most unlikely tale about a wife-murder, and tells it for more than two hours in a style that is slow, wordy and, apparently, casual" – or, at least that's how the Manchester Guardian described it 54 years ago.

Vertigo has this week taken the top spot in the large-scale poll of critics and writers, dislodging Citizen Kane, which had occupied the position since 1962, into second place.

Discussing the result, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw said: "I feel that Vertigo is inferior to Hitchcock's other more brutally explicit psychological thriller Psycho, but that a persistent gentility in the critical world feels it necessary to reward the classier and more subtle film, and Psycho, for all that it is adored, has »

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Close up: Dark Knight, still rising

26 July 2012 9:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

The big story

As predicted, The Dark Knight Rises continued to dominate headlines this week, with other film releases struggling to make their presence felt.

Much of the news surrounding the film centered on the terrible events in Colorado. Following the mass killing at the late-night showing of the film, Warner Brothers took the decision to cancel the Paris premiere, disclosed plans to make a "substantial" donation to charities supporting victims of the killings and, as a mark of respect, delayed the reporting of opening box office figures.

Once the numbers were made public, box office analysts confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises had debuted with the third highest Us opening of all time last weekend, $160.9m. The figure was lower than expected, but still enough to put it firmly in the 'massively successful' category.

However, despite hefty »

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My favourite Hitchcock: The Lady Vanishes

24 July 2012 2:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On top of a mesmerising plot, perfect casting and the greatest comic duo in British cinema, this comedy thriller derives special urgency from the troubled times in which it was made

Hitchcock and railways go together like a locomotive and tender. He loved them, they figure significantly in his work and never more so than in The Lady Vanishes. Much of what happens could only take place on a railway line – passengers delayed together by an avalanche; classes compartmentalised; strangers trapped together as they're transported across a continent; an engine driver killed in crossfire; a carriage disconnected and shunted on to a branch line; an intrepid hero struggling from one carriage to another outside a fast-moving train as other locomotives rush by; clues in the form of a name traced in the steam on a window, and the label on a tea packet briefly adhering to another window; and above »

- Philip French

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Alfred Hitchcock Movie

18 July 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

While most of Alfred Hitchcock's works are hailed as great films, when push came to shove there were just four Hitchcock movies that seemed to matter in last week's poll. Not surprisingly, it was Psycho that came out on top, by far his most well-known and influential work. However, as it turns out it just barely beat Rear Window and the two were close enough that it might as well be considered a tie. Together they made up for over 50% of the voting, although Vertigo and North by Northwest both had quite a few supporters as well. The rest of the choices were largely ignored, with Rebecca coming in dead last. Ironically, Rebecca is the only Hitchcock movie that ever won Best Picture. Go figure! What do you think... do you agree with these results? 1. Psycho -- 26.4% 2. Rear Window -- 26.1% 3. Vertigo -- 17.9% 4. North by Northwest -- 14.8% 5. The Birds -- »

- Sean

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