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8/2/17 Lecture Note Discussion: Who Would be a Hitchcock Collaborator in 2017?


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#41 Michael McCarthy

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:25 PM

   If Mr. Hitchcock was alive in 2017 with whom would he be collaborating? The easy answer is that he would seek out an unproven young-ish man from St. Louis and we would start working next week. Kidding aside, since he worked with John Williams on his last film it seems natural that they would continue working together. I believe that Phillip Glass and Danny Elfman might also be composers of note who would work well with Mr. Hitchcock.

   Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford come to mind as his costumers as they are very stylish and you know that it is their clothing the moment someone is wearing it.

   I also see Mr. Hitchcock working not only in IMAX (he would have been the first) buy also to work in television in partnership with Netflix, Amazon and HBO in telling stories longer than 120 minutes in length. I could easily see him doing a series. 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

Ironically enough, I think he would have loved to work with Brian De Palma. He would have appreciated his homages to him, but I don't think he would have taken to the more explicit sexuality in certain films as Dressed to Kill, and Body Double.

 

I think he also would have appreciated M. Night Shymalan's technique to filmmaking, even though everything after The Sixth Sense is definitely either hit or miss. 

 

Since music was a very crucial aspect of Hitchcock's films, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and especially John Williams, would have made great collaborators to him. They could provide their own compositions to his films, to see which of them he would connect to.  



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:12 PM

I wonder what a Hitchcock/Stephen King collaboration would be like. It would seem like a match made in heaven but I think that it might have ended up like Hitch's collaboration with Raymond Chandler.
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:08 PM

If Hitchcock were to be alive today, he would still: innovate and push the boundaries of cinema, gravitate towards suspense thrillers, and have a sense of humor. 

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I agree that we have to keep in mind that AH was always pushing the envelope. I wonder if he might venture in some directions we haven't seen such as Sci-Fi (think of all the exotic places he could go) and Fantasy (similar to the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies; any chance Peter Jackson is actually the reincarnation of Hitch?) 


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#45 zcamenker

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:03 PM

I could definitely see Hitch working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and David Fincher. Even though they are all very different and quirky/unique in some ways, I think Hitch would LIKE what they bring to the table.

 

He also would love working with some of their constant collaborators like cinematographer Bob Richardson, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and musicians Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross. The creativity and stylistic approach they bring to the table would probably impress Hitch a lot.

 

It's really hard to think of writers because so few films today have screenplays akin to Hitch's, especially his many films that lack dialogue. As we said, he was a silent filmmaker at heart, so I doubt he could find an easy replacement to today's standards since dialogue is now key. One person who he would definitely NOT collaborate with would be Aaron Sorkin. Though he is a true genius, he is, as Kate Winslet said after making STEVE JOBS, crazy for writing so much dialogue!

 

For actors, the list could go on and on and I actually think Hitch would enjoy working with many modern performers. Tom Hanks, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, Mark Ruffalo, and Michael Keaton are some leading men that come to mind while blondes like Charlize Theron, January Jones, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Rosamund Pike, and Jennifer Lawrence also strike me. He would probably find some great work for supporting actors and actresses too. Christoph Waltz and Michelle Williams are some who immediately come to mind.

 

If only these collabs could happen, just think what we'd have in our grasps!!!


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:03 PM

Lynda LaPlante would be my choice for a writer. She was the creator/writer for the original Prime Suspect TV series and I think her gritty approach to crime and English background would appeal to Hitch.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:18 PM

Some actors come to mind:

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

Tilda Swinton

Good choices!  I was thinking of Tilda myself because of her ability to morph into so many looks. She would be great in something that required multiple identities- even male. 



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

Music: Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone,
Writing : Tarantino The Coens, Stephen King
Actors: Clooney, Edward Norton, Tom Wilkinson, Gary Oldman, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron- would be his new blonde bff!
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:03 PM

I really don't know much about people beside some stars: Danny Elfman and John Williams for music? Maybe Tom Hanks, kind of Jimmy Stewart. Any blonde female.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:02 PM

Ok, I might get slammed for this. But, I'm going to say John Carpenter.
 
I was watching some of his work last night, and can really see what I think is Hitchcock influence. The same actors used in different movies, the signature scenes, using his own "dream team" of collaborators, the soundtracks.
 
Just my thought.
 
For actors, I would find it interesting if he worked with the children and grandchildren of the actors he worked with in his hey day. Cary Grant's daughter, Tippi Hedrin's daughter and granddaughter, Janet Leigh's daughter.


Jamie Lee Curtis would be a great Hitchcock actor!

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:57 PM

Ok, I might get slammed for this. But, I'm going to say John Carpenter.
 
I was watching some of his work last night, and can really see what I think is Hitchcock influence. The same actors used in different movies, the signature scenes, using his own "dream team" of collaborators, the soundtracks.
 
Just my thought.
 
For actors, I would find it interesting if he worked with the children and grandchildren of the actors he worked with in his hey day. Cary Grant's daughter, Tippi Hedrin's daughter and granddaughter, Janet Leigh's daughter.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:50 PM

I agree with everyone about Steven Spielberg, John Williams, and Tom Hanks. I love that they seem to be a popular occurrence on this topic. They're all so amazing at what they do. I just want to add that I recently watched Sully​ and admire Tom Hanks so much. He does seem like a James Stewart type with the lovable characters that he plays, comedic or dramatic. As for John Williams, it's only fitting that we see him as a collaborator with Hitchcock since he actually did work with him. I'm a fan of his music, and there are similarities between him and Bernard Herrmann that are iconic. And Steven Spielberg is one of my favorite directors. It would be amazing to see his collaboration with Hitchcock, and the same goes for John Williams and Tom Hanks--if only that was possible!

 

I'd just like to add a few potential collaborators. They may or may not seem like a good match with Hitchcock's touch and style of storytelling, but I thought I'd just mention them anyway. J.J. Abrams came to mind as I went through everyone's posts so far. To me, he seems to be associated with the same genre as Steven Spielberg and could possibly be a good collaboration with Hitchcock. Michael Giacchino is another composer that I could see collaborate with Hitchcock. He's composed music for a few movies directed by Abrams, where, at least one, Steven Spielberg is a producer (​Super 8​).

 

As for actors, I thought I'd mention Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston. I'm not sure if these two would be in a Hitchcock film, but they both have that star quality that he seemed to like. They're also British and have that same sharply-dressed Cary Grant demeanor. They've played varying roles, but I can see them in movies like ​North by Northwest or ​Notorious​. Also, Tom Hiddleston has been in a couple Gothic horrors, which I thought was close to the horror elements of Psycho.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:46 PM

Lawrence Kasdan is a good choice. Just wrote a piece on Body Heat. Thomas Newman is one of my favorites. I used to have the soundtracks to Wall-E and The Shawshank Redemption on my work computer. Listened to them all the time.

 

 

Screenwriter - Lawrence Kasdan, Paul Schrader
 
Costume Design - open
 
Director - Sofia Coppola, David Lynch, Lawrence Kasdan, Adrian Lyne
 
Editor - Fred Raskin
 
Cinematographer - Robert Richardson, Emmanuel Lubezki
 
Actors - Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Harvey Kietel, Mandy Patinkin, Tom Hanks,
Paul Giammatti, Nicole Kidman
 
Music - Ennio Morricone, John Williams, John Barry, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer

 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:41 PM

Though I didn't mention it, I also thought of Vince Gilligan, and definitely I could see him doing a long format series like Breaking Bad.

 

I might be going out on a limb here, but in my view, one of the best creative teams these days is in TV (not film).  I'm referring to everyone involved in bringing Breaking Bad (and Better Call Saul) to the small screen.  

 

I can see Hitchcock collaborating with Vince Gilligan b/c he shares his interest in dark characters, his ability to beautifully showcase landscapes (New Mexico) and his ability to create truly believable anti-heros (Walter White).

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:31 PM

In terms of credits and possibly things like animated bits and production design for dream sequences, like Spellbound and Vertigo, I could see Hitchcock working with artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Shag.
 
For music, Danny Elfman is kind of a no brainer, but I could see him working with people like Peter Gabriel, Moby, and Trent Resnor. This not too much of a stretch because all three have done film scoring. Maybe a little more outside of the box, would be a group like Daft Punk. I'm sure there are some good hip-hop people, but seeing how I am old and white, I don't want to throw out names and prove how little I know about that type of music.
 
Writers, most of the people that come to mind are people who went on to direct themselves, but do have writing credits, the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Guillermo del Toro, and Jordan Peele.
 
I could see him embracing long format tv. I think he would find trying to tell a long story that unfolds over a period of years a challenge worth attempting. 
 
Finally, I could see him getting into modern special effects, but not so much for action, but for things he did best. I could see him doing a poisoning scene where he shows the poison moving through the body, or maybe a  physiological effects of a panic attack on the heart. 

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:30 PM

Some actors come to mind:

 

Benedict Cumberbatch

Tilda Swinton


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 05:27 PM

If Hitchcock were to be alive today, he would still: innovate and push the boundaries of cinema, gravitate towards suspense thrillers, and have a sense of humor. 

 

Knowing all these things, I think for the DP (Cinematographer), he would work with Roger Deakins. Roger is british as well, and has worked on numerous thrillers and dark comedies with the Coen Bros. Among his best works include the Oscar-winning "No Country For Old Men" and more recently, "Sicario" which was Oscar-nominated and premiered at Cannes. Like Hitch, Roger has yet to win the Academy Award. In short, Roger is a great suspense-thriller DP that pushes boundaries and has all the big Hollywood resources to work on the the most cutting-edge sets in the industry. He'll even be lighting the new "Blade Runner Movie," a massive Hollywood sci-fi production. I can only imagine he has the chops to innovate alongside the master.

 

As for Production Designer, Hitch will probably work with Arthur Max at a certain point. Arthur worked on "Se7en," "The Martian" and "Gladiator," and has been nominated for the Oscars three times. He is capable of designing huge worlds that are grounded in realism. I know Hitchcock is not a fan of documentary realism, but for some reason, I feel that Hitch wouldn't use too much animation and CGI, because it's just too common in big-budget films these days. Hitch would probably find practical solutions to design, and Arthur Max seems to be the perfect guy for that: he builds big, lavish sets that are practically built rather than artificially designed by VFX. Not to mention, Arthur Max studied extensively in London, so there's that possible cultural connection too. 

Music is tough. There's a saturation of film musicians, and no one person seems to be the defining voice of today's generation the way John Williams, or Bernard Hermann was back in the day. I see a lot of posts favoring Hans Zimmer, but I digress--Hermann was not the Hans Zimmer of his day, not that he has to be, but Hitch seems to favor a special type of musician that engages in diverse experimentation of style and content. Hans is prolific and his music is strong and big, but it's not the kind of projects Hitch would probably direct all the time. I bet Hitchcock would rather go with Alexandre Desplat. He has tons of awards, and even won the Oscar for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." He works on Hollywood big budget movies like "Harry Potter" and "Godzilla," and award winning indies. If he doesn't win awards, he works on projects that do, such as "The King's Speech," "Argo," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Hitchcock is a prolific director, and his musicians seem to be equally so, if not more prolific in their respective field. Alexandre probably has the versatile skill sets necessary to work on a huge variety of Hitchcock pictures. 

As for writers--Hitch seems to love working with authors of thriller books too. Gillian Flynn did "Gone Girl" and "Dark Places," both crime thrillers that have been adapted into feature films. But I feel like Hitch would probably option the rights to another one of her books. It'd be interesting to see what he'd pick as a source material. 

I can't really think of any other collaborators at the moment. 
 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:28 PM

From the knowledge of Hitchcock working style--the closest of the modern directors who can or possess a trace of Hitch's ethics would be Scorsese. They are both visual people. Since Alexandre Phillipe said he would love to see more comedies from Hitchcock to which I agreed. To this I add the Coen brothers. They possess a dark humor that would be in line with Hitchcock's English black humor to a tee.

John Williams, though he worked with Master before, I would like to have seen the collaboration comes to fruition. I think John Williams is more closely in style of Bernard Herrmann.

As for costume, Edith Head was an interesting person to say the least. With her contract at Paramount which was to last from the 30s to early 60s was unique. It is widely known that her name gets credited on "A" pictures. Her clothes were never considered pretty. It was correct for the character. Doris Day said that about Head clothes in "Man Who Knew too Much". Her clothes were indigenous to that period and it worked. Her clothes for all of Hitchcock's blondes were correct for the period with the exception of those for Eva Marie Saint. The suits worn by Novak, Hedren, Kelly and Day, all share her touch known as Edith Head suit--the semi-fitted three buttons suit paired with a slim a-line pencil skirt are perhaps her legacy with Hitchcock where his dictive were precise and often left no room for creativity. (Everyone who loved classic knew of her Oscars award for 1954 Sabrina. It wasn't her designs and wiling her contract her name was credited, but thus created one of cinematic most celebrated collaboration of designer and star which still holds the film goers to imagination to this day.)

From that brief essay above, Sandy Powell would be a good fit. She designed costumes that fit the character and not an actress personal taste.

Cinematography: no one comes to mind.

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker. A brilliant woman and a shade of Alma in her eagle-eye observation would be a perfect fit.
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 04:02 PM

I suggest as musical scorers/ composers: John Williams, Thomas Newman, Angelo Badalamenti, Hans Zimmer. These men have won many awards and seem to be very creative and sensitive to a director's view.  I think Hitchcock would have approved.   Laurence Bennett (The Artist) and Jack Fisk (The Revenant)  for art/production design, examples of memorable work. They stand out for me.   Sandy Powell (Carol) and Madeline Fontaine (Jackie) for costume design.  All these folks, seems to my untrained eyes/ears, anyway, would have worked well with Hitchcock. And John Williams did in Family Plot.  As for writers, I think he would have liked Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train), and not just because of the train theme (!!). Sue Grafton, maybe. P.D. James, perhaps. And of course Steve Fuller and Mark Gardner, who designed the Mad Men title sequence reminiscent of Saul Bass' work in so many Hitchcock films. 


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 03:53 PM

You just read my mind. I love Tim Burton. And the rest of your list.
I will add a titles designer category: Pablo Ferro. He worked with Kubrick quite often and my friend Douetta (Douy) Swofford. You can google both if you are interested.

 

You just read my mind. I love Tim Burton. And the rest of your list.
I will add a titles designer category: Pablo Ferro. He worked with Kubrick quite often and my friend Douetta (Douy) Swofford. You can google both if you are interested.

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