Hitchcock is probably the most famous movie director in film history (who else could compare as a cultural icon? Orson Welles? Steven Spielberg?). What aspects of Hitchcock and his body of work do you think have resonated so strongly with both film critics and with the public at large?
Questions for Alexandre Philippe for August 1st Shindig
Posted 29 July 2017 - 04:42 PM
Hitchcock once defined the MacGuffin as “the thing that the spies are after but the audience don’t care about.” Is there a MacGuffin in every Hitchcock film? For example, does [/size]Marnie have a MacGuffin? [/size]
It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men in a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh that's a McGuffin.' The first one asks 'What's a McGuffin?' 'Well' the other man says, 'It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.' The first man says, 'But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,' and the other one answers 'Well, then that's no McGuffin!' So you see, a McGuffin is nothing at all.
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1966 interview with François Truffaut)
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 04:26 PM
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 04:08 PM
Why did he remake The Man Who Knew Too Much? (When in my opinion the original was so much better.)
Do you imagine, if he could remake something else, what might that be?
Thank you for your consideration.
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 03:43 PM
My local library will be showing Hitchcock films on three consecutive Thursdays at the end of this month (August). I chose the three titles: The Birds, Rear Window, and Psycho. These three seem like obvious (and safe) choices.
If we draw a solid audience, I'd like to show others in the coming months. With a general audience in mind, would you recommend a couple of Hitchcock's less well-known films?
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 01:05 PM
My question for Prof. Edwards and Mr. Philippe:
Which of the typically neglected and/or overlooked Hitchcock films would you recommend for reconsideration by an audience? Is there one particular film more than any other that you feel deserves a second chance?
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 12:23 PM
Hi #Hitchcock50 Students,
Prof. Edwards will be interviewing Alexandre Philippe live on the web via Shindig on August 1, 2017 at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific.
We will devote some time to answering your mail bag questions - so post your questions here and we will pick a handful to answer during our live session!
Shindig is a new web video website and you can get your link to our live conversation by RSVP'ing here: https://gateway.shin...t/bsu-hitchcock
If you can't make the live web broadcast, we will post the video through a link in Canvas for everyone to watch at a later time!
You do not have to be RSVP'd to ask a question - so ask away! Happy to try to answer any/all Hitchcock related questions!!
See you next Tuesday, August 1!
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Richard Edwards, PhD
Ball State University
Instructor: TCM Presents: The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (2017)
Instructor: TCM Presents: Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies (2016)
Instructor: TCM Presents: Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir (2015)
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