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  1. Spectrum, is that Spectrum Internet only, cable only or BOTH?
  2. Fellow TCM fans, thanks for the replies! I've been through everything that each of you suggested. I only have a computer and the streaming box on the network, and I turn off the computer when I try to watch TCM. On my end, it's pretty annoying. Freezing 7-8 times an hour is not acceptable. Might have to start writing some letters to see if I can get attention paid to this. The "bill" was actually an FCC rule change about "net neutrality". NN required ISP's to treat all websites equally. FCC, over much opposition repealed the rule. The quick explanation is that ISP's can n
  3. I have had Sling TV for about three months, mainly because it is a low cost alternate to cable for watching regular cable broadcast TCM. (Not the TCM on Demand service) However, TCM freezes on Sling. The movie will freeze for about 20 to 25 seconds. Then the screen goes blank for two to three seconds. Then the movie plays again. It picks up at where the movie is in the broadcast, NOT where it left off, so you lose the 25 or so seconds. The freeze happens anywhere from two to seven times an hour. I have watched other channels on Sling, such as HDNet, Epix Drive-In, AMC and so on witho
  4. Maybe the word that I am looking for is "gratuitous." Defined: "uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted." Applied to DePalma, of course. I don't think that I've ever found anything gratuitous in Hitchcock's films. Also, please remember that "Frenzy" was one film where the end of the Production Code and the advent of the ratings system allowed Hitchcock do what he did. Even Psycho occurred as it did because of the loosening of the Production Code. Nowadays Psycho receives an "R" rating, but prior to being re-rated for a re-release was still shown uncut on TV. Throughout the e
  5. With the ugly bloody violence of Dressed to Kill (Violent sex in the shower, the razor slashings), or Body Double (with the huge drill), DePalma descends more into a prurient sort of violence porn. No class at all there, as Hitchcock always had. And do I even need to mention the chainsaw in Scarface?
  6. Lang fits very well. And I was surprised (as all first time viewers must be) by Woman in the Window.
  7. I always get irritated when DePalma's name comes up in relation to Hitchcock. (No offense to you.) Which was why I was bound to start a thread on it eventually. Early on, some critic (please don't let it be Roger Ebert) made the first comparisons of DePalma to Hitchcock.This was probably around the time of Sisters and Obsession. (I can't help but wonder that this sort of statement was advanced in party by DePalma using Bernard Herrmann for the music.) While I would agree that Obsession was "Hitchcockian," there all comparisons end. A lot of people fell in love with Dressed to Kill. Me I f
  8. A few of us in America know of Ron Goodwin. Where Eagles Dare (his best), Battle of Britain (again replacing another composer - this time, Sir William Walton), and Force 10 From Navarone to name a few. Sadly Frenzy has never been released on LP or CD. There is one track, the main title only, which shows up on a number of Goodwin and Hitchcock film compilations, but nothing else. Mancini's rejected main title does show up on a Mancini compilation, "Mancini in Surround." http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/title/23083/Frenzy
  9. Here's are two "25 words or less" descriptions of the rise and fall of the Production Code in Hollywood, which should give you some insight into censorship of Hollywood films. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_Code In one way, the Production Code was a response to maintaining the commercial interests of Hollywood films. In many areas of the country, local censorship boards, usually church-based in nature, would cut up or even refuse to show films with "objectionable" content. (See the Production Code list of "Do's and Don'ts".) Another powerful group behind th
  10. You hit on several that I was thinking of - definitely Preston Sturges, and I've seen enough of his films to see him working in a particular genre utilizing a consistent "style." I would guess Lubitsch as well, but I've only seen the three films you mentioned - so I don't have enough information to make any sort of pronouncement. Capra and Ford most definitely. As I tried to think of more people, I kept coming back to novelists and composers. Stephen King as an author, also Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury. Out of composers, I get Beethoven, Mozart, Aaron Copland, and a grea
  11. North by Northwest - the boy in the restaurant who puts his hands over his ears when the gun fires. Can't find any reference to the name of the actor. But he must be in his late sixties by now.
  12. Yes, I would definitely leave Tarantino out, unless you consider plagiarism (as in everything in his movies he's borrowed from some other movie) a "touch."
  13. Yes, I meant their own personal touch, developed through years of filmmaking, as Hitchcock developed his own personal touch.
  14. By way of introducing my question, I have boiled Hitchcock down to two basic ingredients: 1. The much discussed Hitchcock "touch" - which means all of the characteristics we have looked at over the weeks that define the "touch." 2. Hitchcock was at heart always a commercial filmmaker. His films were routinely made to make a return on their production investment. As I have gone through this course, I keep coming back to this question - were / are there other directors who made films in this mode? For starters, in current day film-making, there are few if no filmmakers who fit both
  15. Thanks for that. If I want to get my thoughts down without losing them, I have to forgo looking back through the thread to see who said what. Lucky coincidence in this case!
  16. Absolutely not, I don't consider it a silly assertion. What we do know about Hitchcock and Psycho: 1. Hitchcock worked fast and economically, using the crew from his television series. Many horror films work on a limited budget and shooting schedule. 2. Hitchcock wanted to make something completely uncharacteristic after North by Northwest. Psycho was a real departure from the usual films Hitchcock made, without Hitchcock relinquishing the Hitchcock "touch." As someone said somewhere else in this thread, Psycho is considered one of the first slasher / horror-style films. There's only one
  17. (Just finally getting to Friday in the course.) In Dr. Edward's Friday lecture notes, he says: "In closing, I would argue that Hitchcock made important contributions to the noir style—but he will likely need to remain a ‘strange’ or ‘special’ case due to the strength of his authorial signature and the singularity of his filmmaking style." This helps clarify Dr. Edward's position on Hitchcock and film noir, and is a statement that I can finally agree with. (Especially after binging on Notorious and Strangers on a Train on Friday evening.)
  18. I wouldn't call it hero worship. I've spent an entire lifetime watching many different films. I go by my feeling about the films, not by any sort of reverence to the particular filmmaker. That said, Hitchcock is one of the truly great filmmakers. I think that we can all agree upon that, otherwise, we wouldn't be taking this course. I put Hitchcock together in a select group with Bergman, Kurosawa, Kubrick, Wilder, and a few others because each brought a masterful talent to film-making. Each carved out a particular area in film-making that they called their own. I have come to enjoy man
  19. I was thinking of Mr. Carroll too. I couldn't remember the full count of films, which turns out to be six. (I guess the distinction was that Mr. Carroll was always a supporting actor, not the star.)
  20. Saw this crop duster flying around my place this morning. Funny thing, there's no crops anywhere around here.
  21. I will go as far as to agree that Hitchcock incorporated noir elements in some of his films. But my main disagreement is with the statement that Hitchcock made noir films. Films like Rope and Dial M for Murder take place in an upperclass milieu that is outside of the seedy underbelly of society that noir inhabits. Additionally, Dial M for Murder was originally a stage play; Rope seems like an attempt to film a stage play with it's single-takes. And...both are in color. (Plus Dial M was originally filmed in 3-D.) I have a hard time thinking of a noir film shot in color. Film noir pretty muc
  22. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious...Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest...Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. You can probably guess the scenes I'm talking about in all three films.
  23. I would agree with your characterization of noir as a style.
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