A Hitchcock movie is such a treat, no matter how many times I am watching, I don’t bat an eyelid. Each time I discover something of a genius in his cinema.
I hold Hitchcock in highest esteem among the directors of Hollywood cinema. Goes without saying that I have seen, I believe, most of his movies.
From the 17 films he made in 1922-1933 period, I have not seen two as I could not locate them – The Mountain Eagle and Downhill. From 1934 to 1975 he made 35, I have seen them all, some of them many times. I have marvelled at all of them for his sheer genius in presentation and direction. To me, he was the last word in film direction.
How could he tell the story so poignantly and not be tempted to take the camera out of the one room in Rear Window? Much before the disaster became a selling point, he turned the Daphne du Maurier’s story into a real fright in The Birds. The responsibility of not to shoot in color, so that it is not too gory, the B/W effect of Psycho; the London city as a character and cool flow of events with an outstanding impact in Frenzy… the list is endless. He was a master of his craft.
If I have to choose favourites, a really tough job, my pick would be Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Strangers on a Train and Psycho.
There are many a present day movies, including action ones, that have put me to sleep in a theatre. But a Hitchcock movie is such a treat, no matter how many times I am watching, I don’t bat an eyelid. Each time I discover something of a genius in his cinema.
His lead players leave a lasting lifelong impressions from his films, Grace Kelly, the way she has been handled by him (Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder), Cary Grant (To Catch a Thief, Notorious, North by Northwest), James Stewart (Rear Window, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much), Kim Novak (Vertigo), all these and many more are unforgettable in their roles that the master has given out to them.
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