Tag: Alfred Hitchcock

  • Guy Maddin and Co.’s Found-Footage Feast “The Green Fog” Teaches New Ways of Seeing

    I first saw The Green Fog at its world premiere as the closing night event of the San Francisco International Film Festival, presented at the historic Castro Theatre, with the Kronos Quartet giving a live performance of Jacob Garchik’s original score. Commissioned by the festival from directors Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, and […]

  • They Made a Whole Film About the Shower Scene From “Psycho”

    The numbers in the title of 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene refer to the number of setups and shots that were required to create the shocking cinematic savagery that occurs less than an hour into the Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, Psycho. You know the scene: It killed off star Janet Leigh’s character — the movie’s nominal […]

  • Jimmy Stewart and Vertigo are Hanging in There as the Best Movie Ever

    As with many masterpieces, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo yielded a mostly lukewarm reaction upon its May 1958 release. Variety dismissed it as “basically only a psychological murder mystery.” In 1973, Hitchcock took the film out of circulation; his estate did not re-distribute it until a decade later, around the same time it finally entered Sight & […]

  • The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock Waxes Psychological Ad Nauseam

    It’s a time-honored truism that great artists often lead unhappy lives. But how often does digging into a visionary’s twisted psyche produce great art? That’s the question David Rudkin raises in The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, now running at 59E59 Theaters as part of the Brits Off Broadway series. Adapted by Rudkin from his […]

  • Bening and Harris Have Excellent Chemistry in The Face of Love

    Arie Posin’s romantic drama tips its hand when we see that protagonist Nikki (Annette Bening), a widowed interior decorator, has chosen posters for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo for the house she’s currently sprucing up. This is moments before she first sees Tom (Ed Harris), a dead ringer for Nikki’s late husband, Garrett […]


    The opening scene of Saboteur (1942), one of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest American films, features an astonishing long shot of a group of workers exiting a California airplane plant; the image resembles a darkened, blown-up version of the Lumière brothers’ 1895 Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory. In the next scene, the plant is engulfed in flames, […]

  • Gus Van Sant’s Psycho Just Turned 15 — and is More Fascinating than You Remember

    Fifteen years ago today (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant’s off-puttingly faithful remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Good Will Hunting, Van Sant could’ve tried for another feel-good hit or a high-profile for-hire gig. Instead, he cashed in all […]


    Never have two more effed-up people been more right for each other than Scottie Ferguson and Madeleine Elster in Alfred Hitchcock’s dizzying classic Vertigo. This 1958 psychological thriller stars Jimmy Stewart, a former detective suffering from acrophobia who’s been hired by a wealthy acquaintance to follow his gorgeous, suicidal wife (Kim Novak). Watch as they […]

  • “The Hitchcock 9” Reveals a Young Master

    The surest way to see if a film makes strong visual sense is to watch it with the sound turned off, a test plenty of today’s movies would fail, given how many filmmakers rely on exposition and voiceovers to move things along. The chance to watch one of the great visual masters at work without […]


    After a few box-office misses (Marnie, Torn Curtain, and Topaz), Alfred Hitchcock finally had a hit with his penultimate movie, Frenzy (1972). Shot in London (the first time he’d filmed there in two decades), the story is classic Hitch, packed with nail-biting suspense as it follows the hunt for the Necktie Murderer, a serial killer […]

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