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About JazzGuyy

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  1. 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.
  2. The Conversation is certainly about voyeurism and uses lots of through the window and high angle shots à la Hitchcock.
  3. Clouzot is often considered the French Hitchcock. I think the humor element is stronger in Clouzot's films. There is certainly an affinity between the two.
  4. The real shop clerk is a clear comedic figure. She seems to be a bit scatterbrained and has a silly element. She reminds me in some ways of the kind of character Edward Everett Horton played in many 1930s films. I also noticed that the birds are all upstairs in the pet shop. Hedren's character has to climb a staircase to get there--another classic Hitchcock element. Also the birds are above the rest of the pet store animals and we are getting a bird's eye view almost immediately. It's plain that the birds are not ground animals. There are also lots of birds in that shop and they are shown
  5. I'll say up front that this is my all-time favorite Hitchcock film. It has everything that became part of the Hitchcock 'touch': the handsome leading man, the cool, cool female lead, mistaken identity, a chase that takes us to famous or exotic places, humor, a British actor or two (Grant, Mason, Carroll), fear of heights and falling (Mt. Rushmore), moments of sheer terror (crop dusting scene), sexiness, etc., etc. This movie just has everything and in perfect proportions. This scene on the train is certainly one of the great seduction scenes in the history of film (maybe the greatest) and
  6. The previous comments have covered a lot of ground but I also see some other influences beyond those of previous movies and TV shows. I see some influence from the Warner Bros. cartoons, particularly some of the most surreal ones and also Mad magazines parodies of comic books, movies and TV shows. In some of the MAD magazine stuff there is stuff going on in both the foreground and background of the cartoon panels, just like in the ZAZ movies. The whole ZAZ approach is to almost wear you out with an onslaught of gags with action and gags often taking place all over the film frame and not just w
  7. I noticed the Basil Rathbone type mustache that Wilder has. Rathbone played the son of Dr. Frankenstein in Son of Frankenstein ​and I think the mustache alludes to Frederick possibly being that Frankenstein's son--a nice little subtle touch that adds a bit more to the parody for those familiar with the whole series of Universal Frankenstein movies.
  8. I see more elements of Harold Lloyd and the Marx Bros. than I see Sennett comedy. Allen is sort of like the Lloyd 'glasses' character in that he is thrown into a situation where he is a duck out of water and often intimidated by those who are bigger and stronger but can find a way to triumph in the end because of his intelligence and maybe some lucky chance events. The Marx elements are in the dialog which seems to often make little sense but the viewer can still perceive an underlying element of satire and ridicule of things like war and revolution. I can't really agree with Mast. I just
  9. Didn't this movie inspire a Hanna-Barbera cartoon show on TV? Sort of coming full circle. There were also two comic movies that followed within a few years that covered a lot of the same territory: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines and Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies. The latter film even had Tony Curtis in it.
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