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I have an idea for a discussion. List your top 5 Hitchcock films as of now (even if you've never seen a Hitchcock film) and then revise or keep your rankings at the end of the course. If you have made changes by the end of the six weeks, please feel free to tell us the reason(s) for the change..

 My top 5 are :

 1) North by Northwest

 2) Rear Window

 3) Psycho

 4) The 39 Steps

 5) Vertigo



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My list is already very tentative, as I feel that any of them could switch positions at any given moment, but here it goes:

  1. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  2. Notorious (1946)
  3. Vertigo (1958)
  4. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  5. 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. 

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I have to confess that I have only seen about 4 Hitchcock films (which will change throughout this course) - The Birds, Torn Curtain, Marnie, and Psycho.


I think The Birds will remain in my top 5 at the end of this course because it's one I'll never tire of watching, and I notice something new each time. Torn Curtain is another favorite (which is probably an unpopular opinion), but mostly because of the actors in it.

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Finally able to comment here after trying to get in for 2 days...just watched DVD:  Blackmail ...saw Hitchcock in there...watched The Pleasure Garden & The Lodger ...loved the dog Cuddles in Pleasure Garden... Hitchcock humor & i'll say it is nice to be in here ... I'm doing the #Hitchcock50 class


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1) Rear Window (Grace Kelly is radiant and smart. Clever story.)

2) Vertigo (The score is incredible.)

3) Shadow of a Doubt (Wonderful depiction of everyday life in the 40s - evil lurks in cute little towns.)

4) Psycho (The score, again.)

5) Strangers on a Train (Tennis, trains, the lighter, merry-go-rounds!)

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My list is pretty tentative too, I have five favorites but it's hard to put them in order!

  1. Rebecca (1940)
  2. North by Northwest (1959)
  3. Marnie (1964)
  4. Rear Window (1954)
  5. Dial M for Murder (1954)

That was actually way harder than I thought it would be! I should also mention that The Birds (1963) is probably tied for at least one of those spots, and Rope (1948) and Suspicion (1941) are gems in my book but I simply haven't seen them as many times as the others, at least not enough to put them on my list. I actually hope that this changes as I learn more about Hitchcock and become more familiar with his films!

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1. Psycho

2. Rear Window

3. North by Northwest

4. The Birds

5. Marnie



a. Psycho and Rear Window are both marvels from start to finish. There's no such thing as "watching them too many times."

b. Choices 3, 4, and 5 all have remarkable scenes:

c. North by Northwest has the drunk Cary Grant somehow not driving off a cliff and then slurring his speech in the police station; the cropduster scene, including Cary's conversation with the local guy who's waiting for a bus; the crazy auction bidding; the matchbook with a must-read note on it.

d. The Birds has the leaning love birds during the car ride; the crows gathering in the school yard; the entire restaurant scene, including the fire and the bird's-eye view; Tippi trapped in the bedroom.

e. Marnie has the title character stealing company money and tiptoeing past the washerwoman; Bruce Dern as an indiscriminately affectionate sailor. 

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You and I agree on four of the five. But your top pick, Vertigo, I don't get. Sooooo far-fetched. (I'm wondering if this is indeed Hitchcock having Jimmy Stewart act out what Hitch himself actually wanted to do--to create the perfect woman to suit his own tastes.)


Anyway, I'll have to give Vertigo another look. You're in good company with that choice.

1. Vertigo
2. Psycho
3. North By Northwest
4. Rear Window
5. The Birds

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I went through a Hitchcock kick last summer and saw about 30 of his films. I only saw most of them once, so I'm hoping to watch some of them again throughout this course. Here are my favorites as of now: 


1. Psycho 

2. Rear Window 

3. Vertigo 

4. North by Northwest 

5. Dial M for Murder 

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