Hitchcock: His Talent, Movies, & Legacy

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  1. ClassyCo

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    I just bought a Hitchcock collection at Walmart yesterday, containing six of his movies.

    I love his movies. I love the "ice blonde" trend he stuck with, and many of those ladies are some of my personal favorites.

    Anyone else a fan? What's some of your favorites?
     
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    I like the ones where there's a murder.
     
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    These are my favorites:


    Psycho
    Vertigo
    The Birds
    Rope
    Strangers on a Train
    Dial "M" for Murder
    Rear Window
    Lifeboat
     
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    In my opinion, Hitchcock's best film, and also one of the best films ever, is North By Northwest.
     
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    I think Hitch is one of the greatest film directors out and its unjustly unfair that he never won an Oscar for any film and only got an Honorary one at the end of his life. He was a great talent!

    My fav Films are

    Vertigo, Spellbound and Notorious and I can watch them again and again





     
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    Psycho
    Vertigo
    The Birds
    Strangers on a Train
    Rear Window
    North By Northwest
    Spellbound
    Shadow of a Doubt (Hitch's favorite)
    Rebecca
     
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    I've never found the time to watch this one. I've heard raves about it, and it's definitely on my bucket list.
     
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    This is the set I bought this past Monday at Walmart. It was $12.96 for six movies, and since there was only one on the shelf, I had to get it.

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    Major fan here, I love him and his protege De Palma. Unpopular opinion I do not like vertigo.

    My faves: Rebecca, strangers on a train, rear window, rope, north by northwest, shadow of a doubt, dial m for murder and frenzy.
     
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    The box set of 6 DVDs are also going cheap in HMV sale in UK

    2 box sets of 6 films
     
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    I'm sure your dislike of Vertigo is uncommon, but certainly understandable from my perspective. I've watched it a couple of times, and have never quite got the fuss about it. I love Kim Novak and James Stewart, but the film itself seems a little jumbled (for the lack of a better word). When it was released back in 1958, the critical response was mixed. There were complaints about the film's length, and the fact that the mystery was solved with around 25% of the movie left to go.

    I'm sure several people would give you flack about your stance, but it's not entirely shocking, though. I'm certainly on the fence about it myself.
     
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    Heh. I guess I can understand that -- not that I agree, necessarily. I first saw it in the '80s and loved it, but it's not for every taste.

    Part of VERTIGO's appeal, at least in retrospect, is that it's a kind of period mood piece. The sleepily sunny look, the vivid hues in just the right places (like the flower shop), everybody playing genteel dress-up in a particular way, the dream-like trip to see the sequoias, the hilltop graveyard at high noon shot in technicolor and fog filters -- it's totally late-'50s and our aspirations, at least in the States, of that era.

    Few films hit that note quite as well.

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    I read at one time that it made the #1 spot of "Greatest Movies of All Time," beating out "Citizen Caine," a critical favorite for quite a while

    Do you think "Vertigo" is too dated today to be rated that highly?
     
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    "Dated" in what way?
     
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    Well, people use "dated" to mean different things. Which can be debated at length -- what that does and doesn't mean as it pertains to film.

    I'm not sure quite why VERTIGO is placed so high on the lists in recent years, sometimes above even CITIZEN KANE, but then maybe I do: people got tired of seeing CITIZEN KANE at the top of those lists every decade, and VERTIGO has a particularly dream-like quality that supposedly epitomizes what film is supposed to be.

    I don't know. I just know I've had copies of both since the '80s; they were amongst the first movies I obtained when home video was becoming a thing.

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    Oh, I agree. Vertigo is visually stunning. It's a beautiful film, and Novak's superb in it. She's such an underrated actress, and even if she didn't always hit the right notes, she knocked it out of the ballpark when she did.

    I must revisit this some time here in the near future, and maybe it'll grow on me. It's not that I don't like it, it's just I think it's perhaps a tad over-hyped, but I'm willing to give it another look. I'm sure my view when shift.
     
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    Did I say all that?
     
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    No, but I did.
     
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