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Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most legendary filmmakers of all time, and known as “The Master of Suspense”. But why? With all the advances in cinema, why do we still regard a director from the 1920′s-1970′s as the master of suspense? Surely someone has managed to top him!
Nope. Nobody. Even though the list of famous directors that he has influenced continues to grow, no one has yet managed to top his legacy.
So in this article we’ll be looking at five movies that prove his skill. While we clearly can’t touch on all the brilliance that made his movies work, we can at least discuss a few things. Beginning with…
5. Rope (1948)
One of the most famous experimental films of all time, Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ is filmed as one long take (despite having cuts, it looks like one long take), and was filmed in real time. »
- J.D. Westfall
Ranking Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movies from Best to Worst is always going to be a highly controversial endeavour. His filmography is so vast and he has many many popular pictures – not just the big ones like Vertigo and Rear Window, but he has cult followings for films such as Rope, Marnie and Life Boat. It is an impossible task to satisfy all of his fans.
I have tried in this feature to represent a wide range of Hitchcock pictures from his oeuvre. I have not ranked them according to my personal preference, but to a preference that I think will satisfy the majority of his fans. I have also decided to keep it to just ten movies.
It has not been an easy task and I doubt that it will please everyone but you can add your comments and dissent into the box below.
10. Topaz (1969)
Topaz is based on »
- Clare Simpson
“Intro to Knots” is a particularly frustrating episode of Community. It’s bookended by two less than stellar acts, but the middle part is some of most suspenseful, entertaining moments the show has ever done. The episode kicks things off with a nod a to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope by filming the first few minutes of the teaser in one long shot, giving the illusion the episode will play out in real time. That’s a fun device to use, especially given the nature of the second-half, but the gimmick is dropped before we even get to the credits and for the rest of the time we just have to assume everything is still real time for the sake of the plot. Writer Andy Bobrow spoke out on Twitter on why this was the case; there just wasn’t enough production time to do the entire episode in one take, »
- Brody Gibson
I’m a big believer in the axiom that, if a person’s talented, then they will be noticed and remembered. This has been particularly true regarding those in the film business; lots of directors have come and gone, and there have always been good and bad directors, just as there have always been good and bad movies. While we may bemoan the state of whatever era of cinema we may be living in, we can take solace in the fact that the cream will rise, that the great directors of our age will have their names engraved in the annals of film history while their not-so-talented contemporaries will fade away.
Unfortunately, what’s true of directors isn’t always true of films, even the films of great directors. For whatever reason, even when discussing the filmographies of famous directors, some films, even great ones, fall between the cracks, therefore »
- Alan Howell
Director: John Fricker
Running Time: 135 Minutes (inc. 15 min interval)
Rope is the intense drama by Patrick Hamilton which originally mesmerised audiences some 84 years ago and then inspired Alfred Hitccock to transfer the London-based thriller to the big screen. Rope is one of Hitchcock’s better known films but Thn were lucky enough to attend this newly interpreted play by Outfox Productions in the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley, and it was quite brilliant.
Director John Fricker, plays with shadows, light and darkness in a way which puts the audience on edge and reflects perfectly the question of guilt and conscious which undoubtedly haunts the murderers – if only initially on a subconscious level. Quite vitally, there’s great attention in the detail here which, in turn, leads to every slight movement or utterance having a meaning, and a powerful one at that. »
- Isra Alkassi
The 26th annual Images Festival will be taking over Toronto on April 11-20 with an epic series of experimental film screenings, media installations, expanded cinema performances, workshops, artist talks and tons more. With so much going on, the Underground Film Journal is just listing all the screening events below. For everything Images has to offer, please visit their official website.
Before the screenings list, here are some of the highlights:
Opening Night: Accompanying the documentary imagery of prolific filmmaker Robert Todd will be live music performed by electronic music deconstructionist Tim Hecker. Plus, there will be a new audiovisual work by SlowPitch called Emoralis, which pairs images of snails with crackly and droning rhythms.
Closing Night: Corredor will be a live performance piece combining South American imagery by artist Alexandra Gelis, accompanied by live music by drummer Hamid Drake and saxophonist David Mott.
Live Performances: Jodie Mack will provide live »
- Mike Everleth
Thn are proud to draw your attention towards OutFox Productions (Spring Awakening, Carbon Dating), the new Associate Company of the Award-winning Jack Studio Theatre (Most Welcoming Theatre South-East, Off West End Theatre Awards 2013), and their production of Rope, which marks the company’s third production after forming late in 2011.
Patrick Hamilton’s Rope has been thrilling audiences since 1929. The draw of the coolly intellectual antiheroes is undeniable. After seeing Rope on the stage, master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, indulged in his own adaptation to make his first colour film. Prepare yourselves for a macabre tale of death and salmon sandwiches and make sure you catch… the complete story of the perfect crime. It runs at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from Tuesday 9 April to Saturday 27 April and here’s the synopsis and a bit more information about how you get tickets!
Party planning can be murder.
At six forty-five precisely »
- Dan Bullock
by David Harkness, MoreHorror.com
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Oscar® winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are captivating in the classic true life tale about the creation of one of movie’s most praised films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) finds himself captivated by a horrific murder story that the Hollywood simply won't support. »
Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 movie Rope was one of the first major films to be shot in real time, and since then a ton of films have used the same tactic: High Noon, 12 Angry Men, Nick of Time, Phone Booth, Before Sunset, Crank, and 88 Minutes, just to name a few. Kiefer Sutherland's Fox TV series "24" popularized the style for modern audiences, and now Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is looking to reclaim it for the film world. ScreenDaily reports that Hardy will star in a new real-time thriller called Locke, which will be written and directed by Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight. More below! Hardy will play Ivan Locke, a man with a perfect family, his dream job, and the crowning achievement of his career within his grasp. But one phone call changes everything, and as his life unravels before his eyes, he only has »
- Ben Pearson
The title of this so-called biopic is somewhat misleading, as Sacha Gervasi’s take on the great British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is more a study of a particular section of his life, as we delve into his marriage with wife Alma Reville amidst the making of his seminal feature Psycho.
Such an approach certainly proves to be less overbearing as it allows the audience a chance to learn a lot about a short period of his life, rather than learning very little about the whole thing.
Anthony Hopkins takes on the role of Hitchcock, who is struggling to find the funding for his latest, and rather controversial, project Psycho. Despite his untarnished reputation in Hollywood, Hitchcock is finding it difficult to persuade Paramount to support his movie, regardless of his agent’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) best efforts. However when he and his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) decide to fund the picture themselves, »
- Stefan Pape
Welcome to the first in a whole new year of Film Junk Premium Podcasts! On this episode we decided to mix things up a bit and focus on a director rather than a franchise, so why not start with one of the best? Alfred Hitchcock directed over 60 films, so it was certainly a challenge deciding which ones we would end up discussing. After some discussion we came up with a list that we felt was a pretty well rounded representation of Hitch's prolific career: The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Vertigo (1958), and Psycho (1960). We discuss Hitchcock's liberal use of rear screen projection, Saul Bass' wonderful opening titles, Rope's supposed single shot conceit, and the infamous 'Vertigo Effect' camera technique. Oh, and we also manage to spend some time ruminating on Kim Novak's unfortunate 'clown brows'. Yes, I do say it's a spirited discussion to be sure, »
- Jay C.
Cute-as-a-button, self-owned homosexual Sal Mineo would've been 74 today, which is pretty young considering the man garnered the first of his two Oscar nominations 57 years ago. Rebel Without a Cause made him a star, and though the actor's career went through ups and downs until his murder in 1976, he's legendary for his sheer talent and unprecedented openness about his sexual orientation. Mineo came out in the late '60s, and that decision wasn't even popular among some of his homosexual contemporaries. (Looking at you, Roddy McDowall.)
As a gay man who cares about film history, I find myself seeking out homosexual stories in the subtexts and subversive moments of old films because none existed in the foreground. Watch Anthony Perkins as a gunshy soldier in Friendly Persuasion. Watch Farley Granger gulp libidinously next to John Dall in Rope. You can't help but discover shards of gayness in these parts, whether they're intentionally presented or not, »
A long shot is where a director points a camera at something and lets the action run for as long as possible. A stunning display of virtuoso film-making, everything has to be perfect in a successful long shot: the lighting, the sound, the performances, the direction, the framing, the lot. Multiple takes are usually required, so you know the end result to be a true labour of love, and the effects are invariably nothing short of mesmerising.
It’s a dramatic device unique to the medium of film. The literary equivalent would be a really long sentence – Victor Hugo managed one of over 800 words – but the resulting stream of consciousness can only really communicate either the minutiae of a complex scene or the frantic thoughts of an unhinged character. Similarly, a long guitar solo or extended improvisation – surely the musical equivalent – can be transcendent, but the loose nature of such »
- Elliot Davies
13 items from 2013
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