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  1. Thanks to the contributor who mentioned the spirograph - I remembered seeing images like this as a kid when I saw the opening credit sequence of "Vertigo" & found the images fascinating. Now I remember my own experience of that little machine. Even so, the opening sequence, both visually and musically - and also together - set a tone of something stressful for the action to come. Moving beyond the opening sequence, "Vertigo" is a movie of "high anxiety" - literally. This is where Hitchcock moves beyond the outward experience of the cliffhanger to the inward one. I haven't yet found whe
  2. "Rebecca" has one of the least Hitchcock-like openings of a movie by Hitchcock - obviously a reflection of the Selznick strictures. What documentation still exists of the rejected first proposed treatment by Hitchcock of the movie which Selznick threw out? I am sure that if Hitchcock had been allowed to be Hitchcock for "Rebecca" the movie would have been entirely different - it would have had suspense instead of mystery and atmosphere and be less pedestrian at the start. This movie is memorable, but I believe it could have been more so had Hitchcock been allowed free rein to produce his own v
  3. "The 39 Steps" - the play - is an adaptation of John Buchan's novel of 1915 and Hitchcock's movie of 1935. It has won many awards and ran on Broadway for a couple of years. It's a unique parody of Hitchcock. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_39_Steps_(play). A melodrama, it is a laugh a minute and well worth seeing on stage. I had the luck to catch during the summer theater program at Lees-McCrae College in Banner Elk, NC during the summer of 2013. I don't know how it comes over as a video, but the Desert Springs Theater Arts has its version on YouTube at
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