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In Reply to: RE: What's your favorite Hitchcock film and why?.... posted by TWB on July 30, 2020 at 14:22:19
I was in high school when I first saw it - maybe it produced its overwhelming effect on me because I was at that impressionable age.
I even ended up marrying a girl named Madeline. Coincidence? I think not! ;-)
hairpiece. I just couldn't fathom a guy who looked that old with Kim Novak. Looks like her grandfather, for goodness's sake.
. . . looked just as old. Maybe she just liked older men! ;-)
In any case, I think that the "May-December" romance was more common back then.
The heroes of those days were mostly old! The French man Maurice Chevalier in Gigi was the ultimate. And Gregory Peck with Audrey Hepburn. Rock Hudson with Kim Novak, Spencer Tracy, old Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart. And some of them even spoke like very old men.
March-Dec 31st, midnight...
with Kim Novak and Robert Osborne interesting... just about 5 years ago...
I just sampled the first five minutes. I hadn't seen it before and I can tell already that this is something that Ms. CfL will be interested in too - I'll watch it with her tonight! Thanks again!
like it much and even panned it.. Hitchcock apparently blamed Stewart and Novak for it saying Novak was too "wooden" and Stewart too old to play the part...LOL.. HE cast them for God sakes! Vera Miles had been slated to play Madeline / Judy but got pregnant before shooting began. Hitchcock was so disgusted with the reviews that he never worked with Stewart again in spite of their past few films together. Through the years though and in retrospect Vertigo has gained alot of respect and even sometimes has replaced Citizen Kane (I've NEVER though much of it) on film lists as the greatest film of all time! When I was a teenager in the late 60's, I saw Picnic for the very first time and fell in love with the beautiful Ms. Novak... Picnic, Vertigo and Pal Joey are 3 of my absolute favorite films! Unfortunately, she didn't age well and had some bad plastic surgery done through the years...That's funny about your wife... does she have blonde hair and look like Madeline / Novak?
Same thing happened to me too. I saw Picnic and fell in love with Kim Novac the moment I watched her dance. I liked Vertigo because of her the first time but the next two times the mystery was solved more clearly. I still love that movie. Saw Picnic again recently to watch the dance scene! It is a great scene not just for a teenager but to a guy who has seem many a dance.
Especially Rosalind Russell... I was a Theater Arts major in college and was lucky enough to play the part of Alan on stage. That movie made such an impression on me, that I used Moonglow at my wedding for our first dance....
Thank You TWB for that great nostalgic trip.
But she's a big fan of Vertigo too! ;-) And, actually, I think the spelling of the name in the movie is Madeleine. I tried to get her to change the spelling of her name to match that in the movie, but she wouldn't go for it. And I tried to get her to change her hair color too, but she wouldn't go for that either. (Just kidding!)
(Her favorite Hitchcock film is N x NW!)
BTW, I didn't realize that Hitch had turned on Novak and Stewart. Geez, if he was turning on Novak like that, where does that leave Tippi Hedren? ;-)
LOL... Though not natural... Funny thing though my son has red hair and both my Mother and late Mother-in-law have/had red hair... Poor Tippi Hedren! Hitch most definitely had a fixation on blondes... I have NEVER understood the appeal though of Tippi Hedren and Grace Kelly, neither of them were very good actresses IMO... Talk about wooden!
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