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 The US National Film Preservation Foundation is streaming footage from The White Shadow (non-Ken Howard), for which Alfred Hitchcock wrote and edited, and was assistant director and art director.  The footage will be available for two months (approximately until January 16) at the link.  (Mentioned here last year.)

Via the CBC, which has a bit of information.
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Yes, I know, it's been a while.

All of Alfred Hitchcock's cameos
(a video on Roger Ebert's blog) including his early movies. I mentioned Hitchcock's little penchant at someone once. So.

I missed Ghostbusters and Frankenstein.  If I need a Christmas movie fix, it will have to be Miracle on 34th Street.  No, the real one.
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Today is Alfred Hitchcock's 112th birthday, and to celebrate, Mental Floss has posted a list of 13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made. Someone posted a link to the screenplay for "Mary Rose" in the comments, for the curious.

Half Hitch

Aug. 3rd, 2011 11:39 pm
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Three reels of a six-reel feature thought to be earliest Alfred Hitchcock movie have turned up in New Zealand.
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OK, I was late again.  It's a failing; I keep running afoul of Solnick's Law (Public Transit is early if you're late and late if you're early), but my coffee, though decaf these days, still must have milk, and I ran out this morning.  Yeah, yeah.  So I missed the pre-movie entertainment and the early scenes  Fortunately, 1) I've seen this before, and 2) I read more Rebecca-esque novels in my youth than was strictly good for me.  Possibly, so had the audience.  The audience laughed at every overwrought line, every appearance of Mrs. Danvers, and the Favelle blackmail attempt.  If one was not watching the screen, one would swear one had wandered into a comedy.

Have I mentioned that I hate reviews that review the audience?  All right.

The seacoast and woods were almost entirely rear projection; in some places this is more obvious than in others.  Other than that, the photography was crisp and lit well (of course; it was a movie).  The class stuff...was noticeable.  (It only starts with the insanely long dinner table; there is also the matter of everyone expecting her to know the arcane rules of the house.)  I remember there being fairly broad hints of Rebecca's *ahem* strong appetite for sex in the book (Forever Amber, which was racy for the '40s, came out in '44); this is reduced in the movie to dark declarations 4 days into the first marriage and Mrs. Danvers.  There is also the fact that the Second Mrs. de Winter does not have a first name that anyone utters.  Unlike Rebecca.  Whose death in the book was relatively straightforward and in the movie is sort of um misdirected.

Lord Sir Laurence Olivier was dishy, even though there was always a sense that he was Holding Back.  The character, Maxim de Winter, as someone in the movie suggested, could use a light sedative.  Joan Fontaine moused around until the scene where she tells Mrs. Danvers "I am Mrs. de Winter now" (and the audience applauded) and then develops a fighting spirit, the better to keep Max from the gallows cold.

In North by Northwest, Hitchcock indicated consummation by a train entering a tunnel.  In Rebecca, Max and Nameless, fully dressed, embrace and kiss hungrily before one of those human-high fireplaces--with a fire going.

Oh baby.

[ETA:  Revised for intelligibility and sense-making.  I'd sleep on it, but then I'd forget things like the last-stage-of-the-Kane-marriage-dinner-table.  This is perhaps why I did not become a theatre critic.]

Got Weird?

Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:53 am
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 No, not really, but Rebecca is showing in 2 weeks.  (Again on the first Friday of the month, although the place that offered pork buns and featured a huge whacking Printer is now vacant.  The wine & cheese & crackers joint is still with us, and they had better art, usually, anyway.)  This time, I'm actually going to try picking up all that subtext lying around.  (Some of the book's little hints are not in the movie.)  Notes.  *sigh*
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Crossposted from my blog.

Claude Rains is one of the finest actors to ever step in front of the camera. He is more than just a character actor or supporting player. He has charm, sophistication, real substance. With that lovely, distinctive voice and those expressive eyes (and eyebrows) Rains is a pleasure to listen to and watch. He is a scene stealer--and that is meant as a compliment. Very few actors could steal the spotlight from such stars as James Stewart, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant; but Rains did and with great ease and class.

An old friend is never an extra guest )
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I watched Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon last week. I'm a huge Wilder fan, but I think he sometimes had problems with his casting. I adored this film, I really did, but I couldn't fully get behind Gary Cooper as a romantic lead.

So this made me start thinking about other films I like with miscast roles (Like Bogie in Wilder's Sabrina).  Or films I don't like because of the miscasting (don't hate me, but Tippi Hedren in Marnie).



Thoughts? Any films/roles you think are miscast?





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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, North By Northwest.

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