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Movie Poster of the Week: The Jacques Kapralik Archive

24 August 2012 9:02 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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

14 August 2012 3:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

20 March 2012 5:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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, »

- Andre Soares

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