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Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco: Guided tour through the sites of Hitchcock’s movies The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has arranged for San Francisco City Guides to lead "a special, Sfsff-only edition" of its "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" guided walking tour. This particular two-hour Hitchcock tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, atop Nob Hill. From there, the tour will visit the sites of three Hitchcock films: Vertigo, The Birds, and Family Plot. (Photo: Alfred Hitchcock ca. 1960.) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival press release adds that Alfred Hitchcock tour participants will "have plenty of time" to go from the tour’s end at Union Square to the Castro Theatre so as to catch the 1:00 pm screening of Hitchcock’s 1928 silent Champagne. Note: Space for this special "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" tour is limited. Registration is free — though donations are encouraged — and will be done on a first-come, »
- Andre Soares
Femme Fatales Week! begins at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing "Vertigo," Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece and last year's Sight & Sound top-ranked film of all time, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Stewart was born on May 20, 1908. "Hitchcock's masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". That was critic Robin Wood's astute 1968 evaluation ten years after Alfred Hitchcock's final collaboration with James Stewart had been released to indifferent box office and unappreciative reviews. Tragic, obsessive and backed by an unforgettable Bernard Herrmann score, it's one of the director's most mesmerizing accomplishments. It knocked Citizen Kane off its nearly 50 year perch as the #1 picture of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound decade poll of critics and filmmakers. »
- Trailers From Hell
Hitch’s 10 hottest gents, suspicious and sinister for your pleasure.
Yesterday, Google celebrated the birth of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass with an awesome little animation on its main page. Bass was most known for his movie title sequences, which included three of Alfred Hitchcock‘s staples: Vertigo, North By Northwest, and Psycho. Just as Google intended, this got me thinking about how hot the male stars of Hitchcock movies are — specifically the 10 hottest dudes in the Hitchcock oeuvre. The results of my heavy contemplation are in.
Call “Mother!” because these 10 gents are psychotically hot.
What could be hotter than a debonair man with mood swings? In Rebecca, Laurence Olivier (or as I prefer to call him, Mr. Vivien Leigh) basically traumatizes his new wife (Joan Fontaine) by bringing her into his ghostly old estate and subjecting her to an evil housekeeper (Judith Anderson »
- Louis Virtel
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
Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. Live, announced a special pre-Festival screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel on June 12. Starting May 10, Festival pass holders will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to this screening ahead of the general public on-sale via the Festival website. Additionally, joining the Festival line-up is a screening of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University on June 18. The Festival also unveiled new programming, including “A Brand of His Own: Being Spike Jonze,” which features a discussion with Jonze; “The Iconic Moment,” an event honoring costume designers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launch of the Costume Designers Branch, which concludes with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and “Women in the Cut: A Celebration of Women Editors,” a »
Google is known for their creative "Doodles" on special days throughout the year. May 8 was no different as the company celebrated renowned graphic designer Saul Bass' 93rd birthday. Bass passed away in 1996, but his impact is long-lasting.
Bass created some of the world's most iconic brand logos, including At&T, Quaker Oats, Dixie and the Girl Scouts of America. He was also responsible for many legendary movie posters, including "The Shining," "Vertigo," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "Anatomy of a Murder."
However, the Google Doodle pays tribute to Saul through something else he was known for, movie title sequences. The video features the word "Google," as written in many of Bass' better-known title sequences. Movies like "Spartacus," "Ocean's 11," "Around the World in Eighty Days" and "Psycho" are represented in the video. Saul's last credited work is the 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho," which utilized a title »
Saul Bass would have been 93 today, and to commemorate the late Hollywood artist's birthday, Google pays homage with a clever Doodle tribute. He's the guy who designed all those ingenious posters and jazzy, geometric title sequences for Alfred Hitchock (his poster for "Vertigo" is a permanent fixture on my wall) and throughout his 40-year career, Bass worked with such directors as Preminger, Scorsese, Kubrick and Wilder. At Lacma, you can see some of amusing handwritten exchanges with Kubrick about the original poster Bass designed for "The Shining." Bass went on to create the iconic corporate logos of At&T and the original insignia for United Airlines and Continental. Check out an archive of some of Bass' best work here, and watch the Google tribute below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, and was commissioned by director Otto Preminger to put together a poster for his 1954 opera/musical Carmen Jones. Preminger was so impressed he asked him to create a title sequence too, and Bass went on to specialise in the area, resulting in memorable collaborations with Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
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Bass made a splash with the 1955 Preminger study of heroin addiction, moving paper cutouts around to suggest needles, veins and arms. The stonking theme, composed by Elmer Bernstein, helped.
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- Andrew Pulver
Ready to feel an ominous chill in the air while simultaneously being incredibly impressed?
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Saul Bass, the artist responsible for some of the most iconic motion-picture title sequences of all time, including the openers from The Man With the Golden Arm, North by Northwest, and Psycho.
Google’s homepage Doodle today, on what would have been Bass’ 93 birthday (he passed away in 1996), starts with disjointed text bars that spell out ‘Google’ as a nod to Psycho. When viewers click play they are taken through a Google-ized spin on some of Bass’ most famous works: the »
- Erin Strecker
Google is paying tribute to legendary film poster and title sequence designer Saul Bass on what would have been his 93rd birthday with one of its signature Doodles. The graphic artist helped design the iconic artwork for many Alfred Hitchcock films such as "North by Northwest" and "Vertigo." He also created such seminal images as the paper cut-out symbolizing a heroin addict's arm in the poster for "The Man with the Golden Arm" and the pair of lovers dancing on fire escapes for the promotional materials of "West Side Story." Also read: »
- Brent Lang
If you watch classic Hitchcock films like North By Northwest and Vertigo and wonder why movies don't have spectacular title sequences like that anymore, it's because Saul Bass is no longer around to make them. Bass, who would be 93 years old today, was the title sequence designer who made title sequences an art form, bringing Hollywood into the modern age in the 50s and 60s and creating bold, iconic and abstract images that defined the films as much as the directors themselves did. In today's Google Doodle, which you can see by visiting the Google homepage or just watching the video above, they pay tribute to Bass by referencing nine of his films, including three Hitchcock classics-- Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo-- plus Spartacus, West Side Story, Around the World in 80 Days and more. According to The Washington Post the design team was lead by Matt Cruickshank, »
When you embark on your morning internet queries today you may notice the option to press play where the traditional Google symbol usually lies. That is because the always festive Google doodle is honoring Saul Bass, the iconic American graphic designer who punctuated film titles with raw images and fragmented text. The design visionary would turn 93 if he were still alive today.
Bass, who was born and raised in the Bronx, moved to Hollywood in his twenties to pursue creating film ads. For his first big gig, designing the opening sequence for Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm," Bass shocked filmgoers with his edgy paper-animated interpretation of the film's themes of drug addiction. Soon Hollywood's greatest filmmakers were clamoring for Bass' innovative touch.
Bass, whose motto was "symbolize and summarize," incorporated 1920s Soviet design into his aesthetics, adding a distinctly American flavor and a predilection for jagged edges. »
- Priscilla Frank
The 10 best Saul Bass title sequences
Google has marked the birthday of Saul Bass with one of the search engine's most elaborate "doodles" yet – an animated sequence based on his designs for film title credits, film posters and corporate logos.
Bass, who died in 1996, worked with film-makers including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese over the course of a 40-year career, approaching his commissions in the spirit of a graphic design problem to be solved.
Born into an immigrant family in New York's Bronx, he began working on print work for film adverts in Hollywood during the 1940s. A breakthrough came in the film industry when he was hired in 1954 by Otto Preminger to create an innovative title sequence for the credits of the film, Carmen Jones, which he did using an animated flaming rose. »
- Ben Quinn
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below. Saul Bass was born in the Bronx, New York on May 8th, 1920 and died in April of 1996. He first got noticed in Hollywood designing the titles for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and later went on to work with filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, »
- Alex Billington
In theaters September 6th, here’s the new trailer for Populaire.
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a »
- Michelle McCue
Look out Mission Impossible fans, a fifth movie is coming your way.
Deadline have confirmed today that 50-year-old A-lister Tom Cruise will reprise his role as the super-spy Ethan Hunt in a fourth sequel for Paramount and Skydance Pictures, which the Cruiser will once again also produce. No official release date has been confirmed yet, though a late 2014 or early 2015 release seems likely. Plot details are being kept under-wraps as of now as are other potential returning characters.
No writer or director is being officially spoken of yet but Deadline suggest Jack Reacher’s Christopher McQuarrie is favourite to land the gig, which would seem a good bet. McQuarrie also wrote Valkyrie for Cruise and Bryan Singer in 2008 and recently was being setup to scribe a decades-later Top Gun sequel for Cruise before director Tony Scott’s passing.
It is likely that Mission: Impossible 5 will be set straight after »
- Dean Beirne
The Cannes Film Festival organisers continue to place growing importance on cinema heritage with a wide-ranging selection devoted to film history and film restoration. Among the gems on offer is Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film, a follow-up to The Story of Film. The documentary investigates cinema and childhood as seen through 53 movies - such as Et and The Red Balloon - from 25 countries.
Euzhan Palcy’s film, Simeon (1992) will be shown in honour of the 100th birthday of French poet, author and politican Aimé »
- Richard Mowe
Paris — Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra,” Billy Wilder’s “Fedora” and Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail” are among 20 restored film gems and three documentaries in Cannes Classics, announced today in Paris.
Helmed by Treva Wurmfeld, the doc follows the 50-year friendship of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and thesp Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark conducted via letters. Woodward’s presence in Cannes still has to be confirmed.
Bearing the imprimatur of delegate general Thierry Fremaux, Cannes Classics boasts a mix of pics by U.S. helmers — including a restored print of Ted Kotcheff’s “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” — plus a wide spread of big-name French and European auteurs.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup continues to grow, today with the announcement of the films playing in the Cannes Classics selection as well as the titles playing on the beach at night as part of the Cinema de la Plage selection. It was already announced Kim Novak would be in attendance to present the restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, but the restorations that will be screening don't end there. In addition to Vertigo a restored print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra will screen along with restorations of Billy Wilder's Fedora, Yasujir? Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon, Hal Ashby's The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson and a 3-D conversion of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. Additional notable names include films from Alain Resnais, Marco Ferreri, Chris Marker and Rene Clement. In addition to those titles a special presentation of Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete »
- Brad Brevet
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