In Reply to: What's your favorite Hitchcock film and why?.... posted by TWB on July 30, 2020 at 14:22:19:
Wow! No mention so far of PSYCHO!
The original thriller ... mind-bender ... and shocker.
The direction editing and cinematograhy exquisite.
The shower scene, famously constructed of something like 62 pieces of film ... 62 shots.
The score ... the strident, shrieking rhythmic violins ... the deep bass monotonal trombones, terrible in their finality, underlining and magnifying the shower scene death, as the camera withdraws in a dizzying corkscrew from the eye of the victim (a still shot!)
It's hard to imagine today the incredible impact this film had ... how it demolished the notion that viewing film was sanitized and safe and civilized ... how it obliterated our conventional notions of normality and humanity and ushered in the modern era.
I recall there were lines around the block at its screenings, and exhortations by Hitchcock, in advertisements, not to give away the plot ... an exploration of unknown psychological territory.
No one who entered the theater left it as the same person.
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Topic - What's your favorite Hitchcock film and why?.... - TWB 14:22:19 07/30/20 (16)
- The 39 Steps - manerac 13:03:33 08/02/20 (1)
- Actually, I liked the non-Hitchcock 39 Steps remake from 1978 MUCH better - Chris from Lafayette 00:26:03 08/03/20 (0)
- RE: What's your favorite Hitchcock film and why?.... - halfnote 13:48:55 08/01/20 (2)
- Of course, Psycho was a great movie too - Chris from Lafayette 00:54:19 08/02/20 (1)
- RE: Of course, Psycho was a great movie too - halfnote 05:30:21 08/02/20 (0)
- Lifeboat - dwill123 03:32:45 08/01/20 (1)
- I just saw Lifeboat for the first time last year... - TWB 08:47:21 08/01/20 (0)
- The Birds - mbnx01 16:07:36 07/31/20 (1)
- RE: The Birds, same - grantv 23:05:26 07/31/20 (0)
- Vertigo - Chris from Lafayette 11:26:55 07/31/20 (6)
- Interesting trivia about Vertigo...the critics at the time didn't... - TWB 13:12:36 07/31/20 (5)
- Same here - Bill the K 05:20:57 08/01/20 (2)
- So many great actors / performances in Picnic..... - TWB 07:27:25 08/01/20 (1)
- RE: So many great actors / performances in Picnic..... - Bill the K 22:09:12 08/01/20 (0)
- Nope, she's a redhead - Chris from Lafayette 00:52:10 08/01/20 (1)
- "Nope, she's a redhead"... My wife too!.... - TWB 07:08:16 08/01/20 (0)