Posted 23 October 2009 - 09:07 AM
Just found this forum. I'm an avid classic movie fan and Hitch is one of my favorite directors. My brother and I are the writers/directors of the new "Christian" thriller, Dangerous Calling. Hitchcock was a huge influence on our film. My top 5:
2. Strangers on a Train
3. North by Northwest
5. Shadow of a Doubt
(7.) Rear Window
Couldn't resist a few more than five.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 09:19 AM
I voted Vertigo, but --
1. Sadly, I've only seen five or six Hitchcocks, and
2. I should've realized that it was "My favorite" as opposed to "What I think is the best film," because I certainly would have gone for Psycho...
Top Three are definitely Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 09:28 AM
Posted 23 October 2009 - 09:39 AM
It's tough for me though. Not being in any way skilled in understanding Hitchcock, and honestly (and I know this is bad, but) not even all that interested in seeing more of him, I've been in love with Psycho since I was a kid, even to the point of enjoying Gus Van Sant's version a few years back. It is certainly his most accessible to younger audiences, and I'm sure it was the shower/drain/eye scene that has turned it into one of my faves. (You mentioned the Kubrick. Here I'll mention my all-time favorite, Apocalypse Now, and the first ten minutes of that film -- face, ceiling fan, helicopters, Doors "This is the End," always seem to remind me of that great scene from Psycho.)
Posted 23 October 2009 - 11:23 AM
Strangers on a Train is growing in my estimation as I reflect on Hitch's work.
Still feel at a loss to even work out a top 5 though.
PS Hi Josh. Nice to meet you.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 11:38 AM
Edited by MLeary, 23 October 2009 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 12:12 PM
Posted 03 April 2010 - 05:49 AM
2. Rear Window
Posted 05 April 2010 - 01:58 AM
I am totally with you on this Ryan. Vertigo is the answer I am currently giving when asked what my all-time favourite film is. I honestly can't fault it any way. The execution is absolutely perfect!
Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:36 PM
You have chapters in your book advocating for Hitchcock and Walsh. Why do you think that we’ve been able to recognize Hitchcock more easily than [Raoul] Walsh?
Well, I think that Hitchcock does have pronounced themes and he does have philosophical ideas. I think the idea of the angry, unforgiving God is in close to all of his movies. People think that his movies are about guilt and punishment—"Why am I being punished? Why is this happening to me?"
Totally. But Walsh doesn’t have anything like that. You can identify a general theme, kind of driven by an inner energy to go to an extreme. It’s very hard to put into words what he’s doing, and it’s not a quick theme, the way Hitchcock has themes.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:29 PM
Posted 28 March 2011 - 10:40 PM
I posted this in the Rope thread before I noticed this post. Didn't mean to duplicate. I've got mixed feelings about his performance in Rope, but his work Strangers on a Train is terrific.
Edited by NBooth, 28 March 2011 - 10:41 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:36 AM