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Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Thursday, August 11 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 4: Samuel Fuller - John Huston

On our fourth day, this journey through the 100 Essential Film Directors continues to twist and turn in unexpected ways. From bold, opinionated Hollywood voices to those who essentially created the language of cinema, today will shed light on kings of genre like Samuel Fuller, through lions like the legendary John Huston.


Thursday, June 24 2010

Hitchcock's Final Steps on the Path to Destruction

The path through destruction that they have walked, guided along by Hitchcock much like Virgil guided Dante in the circles of Hell, is what people remember most after watching Rear Window, Psycho, and Vertigo.


Thursday, June 24 2010

Hitchcock 101: Day Eleven, 1969 - 1976

In his final three films, Hitchcock may have showed his age, but there are undeniable treasures to be found even in these lesser works.


Wednesday, June 23 2010

Sinister Footfalls on a Darkened Stair: Hitchcock and His Continuing Sphere of Influence

More than any other studio system director, Alfred Hitchcock has influenced an amazing international collection of postmodern movie makers.


Columns

Monday, October 29 2012

Did the Master of Suspense Make the Best Movies of All Time?

There was a time when Alfred Hitchcock was considered a mere populist entertainer. Like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others before him, his early work didn’t click with intellectual minds -- they found nothing to praise in his lurid stories of murder, mystery and shocks.


Reviews

Thursday, March 6 2014

Why Would Criterion Want Alfred Hitchcock's 'Foreign Correspondent' in Its Collection?

Yes, this is perhaps one of the most efficient entries in the Hitchcockian subgenre of “every-man trapped in an extraordinary situation”, but he would go on to direct much better films.


Thursday, January 17 2013

Mercifully, No One Sings 'Que sera, sera' in the 1934 Version of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'

Alfred Hitchcock's first take on The Man Who Knew Too Much is a marvel of cinematic economy, and full of characteristic Hitchcockian touches.


Thursday, August 2 2012

Finding That Sweet, Dark Spot in the Western Consciousness: 'The 39 Steps'

Voyeuristic camera work, exchanges in a train car in which the camera moves with the eye to suggest the antagonistic nature of human relationships, the possibility of violence shimmering beneath every image. Hitchcock was becoming Hitchcock.


Wednesday, March 7 2012

This Exquisite Blu-ray is Worth Stealing For: 'To Catch a Thief'

Usually relegated to the status of "Hitchcock light", this is the master's most pleasurable movie and one of his sexiest.


Thursday, January 12 2012

In 'The Lady Vanishes', Hitchcock Mines Plenty of Tension from the Fairly Simple Premise

Alfred Hitchcock presents a sharp contrast between the early comic scenes at the hotel and the violent finalé. The stakes rise slowly and deliberately, which increases the ultimate effect by the end.


Blogs

Tuesday, October 29 2013

The 13 Greatest Horror Directors of All Time

In honor of Halloween, here are 13 fascinating fright mavens who've made scary movies that much more meaningful.


Monday, November 19 2012

Which Hitch is Which?

Perfectionist or pariah, cad or creative genius, Alfred Hitchcock is, was, and remains a cinematic legend... one that's perhaps too big to encase in a single, celluloid statement.


Saturday, October 20 2012

'The Girl': Hitchcock's Horrors on the Set

It's helpful that Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) is so articulate when she describes her relationship with Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones). But it's also acutely disconcerting.


Wednesday, August 22 2012

Sight & Sound-Off: #8 - 'Man with a Movie Camera' and 'Vertigo'

Hitchcock believed in the power of images, of mixing light and shadow, color and composition to provide subtext to his characters' concerns. Dziga Vertov wanted, way back at the dawn of the artform, to push the boundaries of what the medium could be.


Thursday, May 3 2012

Rear Window's Courtyard, Emphasized in a Short Film

As if performing careful, clinical cuts with a scalpel, visual artist Jeff Desom deconstructed the iconic backdrop of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window for a short film essay that has been shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Awards.


'North by Northwest': The Un-Oedipal Narrative (Short Ends and Leader) [20.Oct.11]
Images of Faces and Hands in 'North By Northwest' (Short Ends and Leader) [30.Mar.11]
Insufferable Human Drama as Catalyst in 'The Birds' (Short Ends and Leader) [18.Jan.11]
Hitchcock, Piece by Piece (Consuming Consumables) [27.Nov.10]
North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.09]

News

Wednesday, October 17 2012

‘The Girl’ Looks at Dark Side of Hitchcock

“There’s only so much I can teach you through kindness,” the director Alfred Hitchcock tells actress Tippi Hedren in the new movie “The Girl,”


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