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  1. I thought The Paradine Case was perfectly fine. I find it to be another Hitchcock film that is panned by people because it's not Hitchcockian. Although, you seem to misinterpret me. If what I described actually is Hitchcock black humor (which it doesn't seem like, but let's assume it is), then it's even worse. There definitely is black humor in it (the potato bag scene), and it was obvious, but I found it disgusting, and a further humiliation of an already dead woman. There is zero respect for women in Frenzy, and it shows. I just recalled another female character, who is presented as a bi
  2. That's a really great reading of the film's context, CinemaInternational. I think, however, that the film was being anticipated all throughout Hitchcock, and that scene was just the culmination of years of wanting to push the boundaries on sex and violence. Another thing I find is, is that the film manages to make both the on-screen and off-screen killings of the women disgusting. I too was smitten with that shot tracking out until halfway through when I realized what it meant, rather than what it was. It meant that a character we can come to care about so much was being callously killed o
  3. The first time I watched Vertigo, I found it slow, and a little dull (as most do at first, or maybe always). I gave it another shot after it was announced at the top of Sight and Sound's film poll, and was glad I did. I rewatched at least part of it again a few years later, enjoyed it more still. This time, having rewatched it this month, I was convinced it was Hitchcock's best film, and one of the richest tragedies I've ever seen. I don't think any other of Hitch's films has the psychological understatement or richness of Vertigo (which isn't saying too much, admittedly). However, watchin
  4. 1. Torn Curtain 2. Marnie 3. The Lodger 4. Rich and Strange 5. The Manxman 6. Downhill 7. Blackmail (Sound) 8. Easy Virtue 9. The Pleasure Garden 10. Frenzy Having watched now every Hitchcock film, these are my bottom ten (Frenzy being the worst). I'd like to acknowledge that I actually think every film but Frenzy is at the very least decent, and the rest of the films in this bottom ten are what I would call "decent but dull," besides Marnie which I think suffers from a less rampant problem than Frenzy. For what it's worth, before I explain m
  5. Well, I've done it. I've watched every single film by Alfred Hitchcock (excluding non-extant and alternate versions, i.e. the very difficult to find silent version of Blackmail), and am now prepared to make my revised list. Surprisingly, the list remained fairly similar. What I'm about to post is actually a mix of personal and objective thoughts and evaluations. It's difficult for me to recall in many cases enough recollections of my emotions so as to compare, especially after so long a time between films (by long a time, I mean more the amount of movies between. I completed the Hitchcock
  6. My list is already very tentative, as I feel that any of them could switch positions at any given moment, but here it goes: Foreign Correspondent (1940) Notorious (1946) Vertigo (1958) Strangers on a Train (1951) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Honorable mentions to The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938). And just to add a little extra flavor, I expect potential threats to this list to be, besides the honorable mentions, Under Capricorn (1949) and The Wrong Man (1956), both of which I've actually seen, but not in quite some time.
  7. I certainly don't mean any disrespect by pointing out what's not involved, as I think that it's a great and well-structured course regardless. Just shining a light on those not being shined.
  8. 1. I imagine the Hitchcock Touch refers to a stylistic tendency rather than a particularly thematic one? If so, I see Hitchcock's early command of a variety of angles to be telling. It seemed to me that the cutting of the sequence was rather quick, something that I associate with most of Hitchcock (though, of course, there are exceptions). His unconventional camera angles also contribute to this; I especially noted the move from outside the office when the girl realizes she's lost her money, to right inside, low and more in line with the perspective of the office clerk. Although, truly, I see
  9. Although it's only the beginning of a very long course, filled with over 40 of Hitchcock's films, just as notable should be the films that are not being shown over the course of the next month. Whether for lack of time, lack of rights, lack of materials, or lack of interest, there are 13 films directed by Alfred Hitchcock that will not be shown. (This is assuming that the list of films that TCM provided is comprehensive.) They are as follows: The Pleasure Garden (1925) The Mountain Eagle (1927) [this film is lost, which explains its absence] Easy Virtue (1928) Champagne (1928) Juno and t
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