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The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

"Death will take you as you sleep! A sleep as deep as Death!" Barbara Steele doesn't realize that her husband is using her to recover a forbidden sexual thrill. Riccardo Freda's film plays games with Alfred Hitchcock's filmography, but it also generates a Euro-horror spell like no other. Outrageous in 1962, it was a Technicolor ode to funereal surrealism. New in this review -- a crazy theory that might upend story assumptions about L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock Blu-ray Olive Films 1962 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 77 88 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / L'orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock; Raptus The Secret of Dr. Hichcock, The Terror of Dr. Hichcock / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Montgomery Glenn (SIlvano Tranquili), Teresa Fitzgerald (Maria Teresa Vianello), Harriet White (Harriet White Medin), Spencer Williams, All Christianson, Evar SImpson, Nat Harley. Cinematography Donald Green (Rafaele Masciocchi) Film Editor Donna Christie
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I Confess

What's it all about, Alfie? The master of suspense goes in an unusual direction with this murder mystery with a Catholic background. And foreground. Actually, it's a regular guidebook for proper priest deportment, and it's so complex that we wonder if Hitchcock himself had a full grip on it. Montgomery Clift is extremely good atop a top-rank cast that includes Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. Rated less exciting by audiences, this is really one of Hitch's best. I Confess Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 17.95 Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre, O.E. Hasse. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Edward S. Haworth Film Editor Rudi Fehr Original Music Dimitri Tiomkin Written by George Tabori, William Archibald from a play by Paul Anthelme Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Lynch / Rivette. Only by Sight, or Lost Allusions: “Eraserhead” and “Paris Belongs to Us”

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This article accompanies the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s dual retrospective of the films of Jacques Rivette and David Lynch and is part of an ongoing review of Rivette’s films for the Notebook, in light of several major re-releases of his work.Two uneasy debuts whose directors evince a canny feeling for the way the world, photographed with simultaneous emphasis and naturalism, might be turned inside-out by the camera. Working with a minimum of resources in their first features, these directors' ability to take their characters’ familiarity with their own living spaces (cramped hotel rooms, dingy apartments) and constituent clutter (lamps, drawings, notepads) and turn it against them, cast every anonymous object as part of a larger conspiracy, gives their movies their peculiar, anxious zest.1 It means that, in a similarly wigged-out way in Eraserhead and Paris Belongs to Us, both long gestating projects by nervous filmmakers in their late twenties,
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A personal view by Anne-Katrin Titze

Arnaud Desplechin shows off Film4Climate bracelet from Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Brian De Palma, Wes Anderson, De Palma directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, along with Hitchcock/Truffaut and Festival Director Kent Jones, joined Arnaud Desplechin on the red carpet of the New York Film Festival North American premiere of My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) at Alice Tully Hall for a boys on film moment.

Roman Polanski's Tess d'Urbervilles, a Chekhovian scene, François Truffaut's autobiographical Mississippi Mermaid, Strindberg in Paris, and a theory from our previous conversation including the Under Capricorn complex come into play in our conversation.

Desplechin hero Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric)

Paul Dédalus is Mathieu Amalric in adult form and a teenage Paul (Quentin Dolmaire) has always had an affinity for plaid. Fabric samples are everywhere in Esther's (Lou Roy-Lecollinet) family home and a great big green neon sign in
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Legendary Bergman on TCM: From Hollywood Career-Ruining Scandal to 3 Oscars and Another Bergman

Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her
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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To See A Trio Of Hitchcock / Bergman Team Ups On The Big Screen!

Hey, Toronto! The Tiff Bell Lightbox has got a big treat in store for fans of big screen icon Ingrid Bergman with their upcoming Notorious: Celebrating The Ingrid Bergman Centenary retrospective and we've got two fantastic ticket bundles to give away!Included in the retrospective are screenings of a trio of pictures Bergman did with director Alfred Hitchcock - Notorious screens August 23rd, Spellbound screens August 27th and Under Capricorn screens September 6th - and two lucky Twitch readers are going to win a pair of tickets to see all three of those titles!You want your chance? We're making it easy: Just email me here and name Bergman's Notorious leading man. Winners will be drawn at random. Good luck, and remember to check out the full...

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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part One

What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.

The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars,
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Video of the Day: See Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo

Any Hitchcock fan has no doubt looked carefully while watching one of his movies in order to spot his infamous cameos. Hitchcock’s earlier cameos are especially hard to catch, and so Youtube user Morgan T. Rhys put together this video compiling every cameo Alfred Hitchcock ever made.

Hitchcock made a total of 39 self-referential cameos in his films over a 50 year period. Four of his films featured two cameo appearances (The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog UK), Suspicion, Rope, and Under Capricorn). Two recurring themes featured Hitchcock carrying a musical instrument, and using public transportation.

The films are as follows:

The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929),Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935),Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca(1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941),Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949),Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train
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Movie Poster of the Week: Ernst Lubitsch’s “Broken Lullaby” and Other Auteurs Gone Wild

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Above: Swedish one sheet by Gösta Åberg for Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, USA, 1932).

This rather unusual Swedish design, a mélange of various type and illustrative styles, is a poster for one of Ernst Lubitsch’s lesser known and most atypical films: Broken Lullaby (a.k.a. The Man I Killed). A dark film about a French soldier tormented by the memory of a German soldier—and fellow musician—whom he killed in Wwi, it screens this weekend and next in New York at Anthology Film Archives as part of "Auteurs Gone Wild," a tantalizing series programmed by Notebook contributor David Phelps.

The series includes nine refreshingly less-than-obvious works—all on 35mm—by such canonical figures as Hitchcock, Chaplin, Cukor, Capra, Lang and Von Sternberg. Phelps has chosen to shine a light on these authors’ least representative films: films that have been overlooked because they don’t fit the mold, because
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Program Notes Gone Wild

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A 9-film series of not-quite-classics (on 35mm), "Auteurs Gone Wild" runs at Anthology Film Archives from March 20-30, 2014; what follows are the director's cut of the program notes (with production stills of the auteurs themselves, mid-wild)—


If the Hollywood auteurs were the ghosts in the studio machine, what would they look like exorcised? Rather than author, the word "auteur" might have referred to a kind of rhetorician working within genre codes that, once decoded, would only reveal his own commentary on them. But what would happen if this auteur cleared his throat, managed a sip of water, and tried speaking in his own tongue? Typically, the critics who had authored the auteur as a placeholder and retroactive justification for their own generic interpretations would have to snub such attempts to break out of genre molds to go strange, personal places. For the irony is that these works, kind of laboratory
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The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide

It’s that holiday season again, although if you didn’t know it you’d think it had started right after Halloween…Wrong! Wait for the gosh forsaken month people. Folks in my neighbourhood had their Christmas lights up in early November and I know someone else who had their tree up around the same time! It’s madness I tells ya, madness.

Anyway, we here at City of Films want to do our part to help out. Perhaps you’re acquainted with some lovers of cinema, maybe you’re dating or married to one. Whatever the relationship may be, sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what to get them. So in a first Ever coming together of all the contributing members of The City of Films…we present…The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide!

We’ve each chosen a handful of items that we would want for Christmas,
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Prepare for All-New Beverly Hills Pawn with the Five Weirdest Items on the Show So Far

Two never-before-seen episodes of Beverly Hills Pawn are airing this Wednesday, August 28th, and to prepare, we’re taking a look back at the top five weirdest items we’ve seen featured on the show so far. While the series gave us more than enough sparkle, with diamonds that made us drool, and wow-factor memorabilia, there was also the occasional “what-on-earth-are-you thinking” item. Some of these were puzzling — is that thing actually worth something? Who would buy that? And some of them were just absolutely disgusting. All were about as strange as the people who wanted to sell them. Needless to say we were not as good at hiding our reaction as Yossi Dina himself. Yossi, Aria and Cory all gave the deals their best effort, but surprisingly only two items on our list actually sold. Check out the items below.

Don’t miss the two all-new episodes airing next
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10 Unjustly Forgotten Films By Famous Directors

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

Movie Poster of the Week: The Jacques Kapralik Archive

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Last October I wrote a post about the illustrator and poster designer Jacques Kapralik. I had stumbled across Kapralik’s name and found a small amount of information about him online. My article generated interest from movie title afficionado Christian Annyas who provided me with some of Kapralik’s title sequence designs for MGM. But I was delighted a few months later to get a message on one of the posts telling me that the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming holds an archive of Jacques Kapralik’s work and papers. Archivist Emily Christopherson told me that the university has the paper dolls that were used in the title sequence for Presenting Lily Mars that I had featured. Since I had previously seen only black and white photos from that sequence it was a treat to see them in color and in so much eye-popping detail (click to
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My favourite Hitchcock: Under Capricorn

As the My Favourite Hitchcock series continues, we asked members of the guardian.co.uk/film community to tell us about their preferred films from the master of suspense. Today's contribution is from Joe Walsh, who writes about film at Little White Lies, CineVue and New Empress. Follow Joe on Twitter

Historical romances are not what audiences traditionally associate with Alfred Hitchcock. Yet in 1949, after returning from America, this was the story he decided to tell – although it almost never saw the light of day. If Under Capricorn is not Hitch's crowning glory, it is undeniably his most underrated film.

The story opens as the new governor of New South Wales arrives in Australia with his dandy relative Charles Adare, played with a deliciously camp swagger by Michael Wilding. In an attempt to find his fortune, Adare meets the roguish Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten). He is married to Charles's childhood friend Lady Henrietta,
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Tippi Hedren vs. Alfred Hitchcock

Toby Jones/Sienna Miller = Alfred Hitchcock/Tippi Hedren? [Photo: Tippi Hedren / The Birds publicity shot.] Tippi Hedren once told The Times of London that Alfred Hitchcock — for whom she starred in The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964), and with whom she had an exclusive contract — "kept me under contract, kept paying me every week for almost two years to do nothing" after she refused his sexual advances. "I admired Hitch tremendously for his great talent and still do," Hedren told London's Daily Mail. "Yet, at the same time, I loathed him for his off-set behavior and the way he came on to me sexually. He was a great director – and he destroyed it all by his behavior when he got me alone." Hedren had no luck after she rid herself of her Hitchcock ties. She had a small supporting role in Charles Chaplin's box-office and critical flop A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), starring Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren,
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indieWIRE Picks: What to Watch on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD This Week

indieWIRE Picks: What to Watch on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD This Week
This week on the small screen, legendary Dp Jack Cardiff gets the tribute he deserves, Ellen Page goes a bit crazy and much more. DVD/Blu-rays This Week What to Buy "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" Why It's a Must Own: Legendary director of photography Jack Cardiff ("The Red Shoes," "The African Queen," "Under Capricorn") gets a comprehensive and fitting tribute in this documentary from Craig McCall, which ...
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27 of Alfred Hitchcock's Cameos in Less than Four Minutes

Thanks to Awards Daily for pointing this video out as someone has gone to the trouble of editing together all of Alfred Hitchcock's cameos from 27 (if my count was correct) of his films. The creator of the piece notes he has not included cameos from Easy Virtue (1927), Blackmail (1929), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Suspicion (1941), Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947) and Under Capricorn (1949).

Among my favorites are the one from To Catch a Thief and the wheelchair stand up from Topaz.
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New Release: Cameraman: Jack Cardiff Blu-ray and DVD

Strand Releasing will release the acclaimed documentary film Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 9 for the list prices 0f $34.99 and $24.99.

Jack Cardiff talks Audrey Hepburn in Cameraman.

Directed by Craig McCall, Cameraman is a worshipful portrait of the late Academy Award-winning cinematographer Jack Cardiff, who died in 2009 at the age of 94 but not before cementing his legend with such films as Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, The African Queen, Under Capricorn and even Rambo: First Blood Part II.

The feature-length movie is filled with clips, of course, and lots of interview footage of the man himself, a soft-spoken, charming British gentleman who comes off like the sweetest guy to ever wildly succeed in the notoriously ego-driven and Loud film industry. Also included is a solid mix of comments from such talking heads as filmmakers Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver) and Alan Parker
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