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Rudkin's darkly riveting play brilliantly demonstrates the way Hitchcock's art is the key to his life
Plays and films about the private life of Alfred Hitchcock are a growth industry. But David Rudkin can justly claim to have got there with first with an award-winning 1993 radio play with an Eliotesque title. Out of that has emerged this reconceived stage piece, commissioned by New Perspectives, which turns out to be a darkly riveting study of a film-maker who turned what his wife terms his "crazy inner life" into public entertainment.
Rudkin uses an adventurous form to explore the dreams and desires of a Hitch ("I have no cock," he Freudianly quips) who is imprisoned in his director's chair. As the pudgy auteur pursues an archetypal Hitchcock situation in which a man silently tracks an unknown woman, he is invaded by memories. We see glimpses of the mother who »
- Michael Billington
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
Everyone celebrates President's Day, Valentine's Day, and the sort, but it's the cool kids who know that tomorrow, March 12th, is National Alfred Hitchcock Day!
Need a reminder why Alfred Hitchcock is still the legendary master of suspense? Read on!
Hitchcock, the recent film starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, was based on Stephen Rebello’s bestselling book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. We asked Stephen to write something special for Hitchcock Day, and he came up with “6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense.”
Psycho. Vertigo. North by Northwest. The Birds. If Alfred Hitchcock had directed nothing more than that astonishing quartet, he’d still be considered the maestro of creating nail-biting suspense, romantic intrigue, and unforgettable thrills. But that incredible run of movies, released in theaters from 1958 to 1963, represents only a drop in the bloody bucket of Hitchcock’s masterworks, »
- Uncle Creepy
Top 10 Ryan Lambie Feb 13, 2013
From classic noir thrillers to modern special effects blockbusters, we look at 10 movies that began production without a finished script...
"We started the film without a script, without a cast and without a shark," was how Richard Dreyfuss famously summed up the nightmarish production of Jaws, whose last-minute rewrites, technical hitches and sinking boats almost halted Steven Spielberg's career before it had even begun.
Incredibly, Jaws was defined rather than destroyed by its arduous shoot. The presence of the murderous shark was implied through editing and music rather than excessive effects shots, while the absence of a finished script for much of the movie resulted in some of Jaws' most memorable lines - "We're gonna need a bigger boat", Quint's bloodcurdling Indianapolis speech - were either improvised or partly written by the actors themselves.
As this article aims to demonstrate, starting a film production »
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