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Tom Geraghty

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  1. The Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive (1993) borrows heavily from Hitchcock themes - the "wrong man," for example. It even borrows some scenes directly from Hitchcock movies (as in the scene where Ford/Dr. Kimball escapes the US marshalls by joining the St. Patrick's Day parade - Richard Hannay pulls a similar move at one point in The 39 Steps).
  2. I saw Fred Zinneman's The Day of the Jackal (1973) (based on a Frederick Forsyth novel) recently and it struck me that there are several Hitchcockian elements to this movie: (1) It has a Macguffin - the identity of the villain character (played by Edward Fox) - the authorities never find out who he really is (2) It has something of a double chase - the bad guy trying to enact his plot, and the security services/police trying to capture him (3) The villain is an attractive one, as in many Hitchcock movies - he's capable, meticulous, very resourceful, dashing -- it's very interesting to see him work out his plot. (4) The police/security people are somewhat bumbling, as is the case in many Hitchcock movies (except for "one good man" in particular -- the chief detective played by Michel Lonsdale -- who resembles, say Chief Inspector Hubbard in Dial M for Murder, or Chief Inspector Oxford in Frenzy) (5) It's an audience-friendly movie - most of the time Zinneman gives the audience more information about what the bad guy is doing than the police characters in the movie have. At any rate, this is a great thriller movie, and of course Zinneman himself is one of the great directors and you could probably do a class on him if you wanted to.
  3. 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?
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