What film shall I watch tonight?

catalog

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i've not seen vertigo for ages, but i remember at the time i saw it that i didn't think it was quite as good as some of the other hitchcocks. like, i much prefer the birds, psycho, rear window.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I think Vertigo and Rear Window are the pinnacle Hitchcocks, but Psycho is right up there.

Should watch some Hitches again soon, its been too long.

I wish there was a director like him around now. Making popular thrillers with virtuoso direction and subversive, dark themes. A genre genius.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I suppose for its time Psycho would have been too shocking to be a film you could conceivably watch with your kids. Maybe it still is?
 

catalog

Well-known member
i went through a phase of trying to watch them all. his obvious psychosis/sexual hangups start to get a bit much, particularly by the time of the really brutal one set in london. Frenzy I think? that's really sleazy and not at all like a normal hitchcock film.

but all the ones where he was prevented from showing too much cos of the moral code of the day are really excellent.
psycho i saw quite young (like 10?) at a friends house and they told me it would shit me up and it really did.
have you seen the test footage and stills for an unrealised project? http://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/Kaleidoscope
very weird.

he's a bit like kubrick - total master but even more fucked up as a person and in terms of what he did to the actresses etc
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
When I say crude Freudian ideas I mean all those ones like Spellbound and Marnie where it was quite a new thing and so they are introduced in a very simplistic and literal manner. Same goes for the way his fear of heights is dealt with in Vertigo.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Funny... I watched through all the Hitchcock stuff at one point and I too thought that Frenzy is a kinda turning point. Not for the better.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Mildly interesting somethings... I meant the plot twists etc
I don't agree that it feels modern though, I think it's surprising how little social media features and it's a mistake (often made) to think that making it about winning a PR war is a recent idea.
 
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