Alfred Hitchcock and the visuals of movie making – Strangers on a Train

Hitchcock was a classical technician in controlling his visuals, and his use of screen space underlined the tension in ways the audience is not always aware of. He always used the convention that the left side of the screen is for evil and/or weaker characters, while the right is for characters who are either good, or temporarily dominant. Consider the scene where Guy is letting himself into his Georgetown house when Bruno whispers from across the street to summon him. Bruno is standing behind an iron gate, the bars casting symbolic shadows on his face, and Guy stands to his right, outside the gate. Then a police car pulls up in front of Guy’s house, and he quickly moves behind the gate with Bruno; they’re now both behind bars as he says, “You’ve got me acting like I’m a criminal.”

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More on Fear Films

So many genres in the fear film category: Sci Fi, atomized insects, people being turned into animals, ghosts, zombies, haunted houses, monsters . . . . but whoever thought about hillbillies?

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Horror, Scary, Frightening movies

So we’re off on the road of horror, scary, frightening movies.  We’ll watch films like The Wolfman, Alien and the Haunting but one we won’t be watching but I highly recommend is Cult of The Cobra.  I like the alliteration and the image it creates and I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and it scared the begesis out of me; took a long time for me to warm up to the idea of a cobra snake.  Here’s a link to wikipedia page, you might be able to find the whole film on YouTube.

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Blackmail and The Ring

We recorded these early Hitchcock films and enjoyed both.  They are slow moving films, both being 1:45.  They are historic in many ways.  Blackmail is the first British “talkie” and also has Hitchcock’s longest on screen cameo.

 

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5o Years of Hitchcock

If you like Hitchcock you’re not going to want to miss what’s starting on TCM this Wednesday Turner Classic Movies month long the salute to the unsurpassed “master of suspense” kicks off with the British director’s silent 1927 boxing melodrama “The Ring”

 

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Dawson Creek: Frozen Time

I saw an article in the LA Times about a documentary that looked fascinating, I thought it was about Dawson Creek but no, it’s about film that ended up in Dawson City, site of the Yukon gold rush.  I don’t know where it can be seen but hopefully it will come to your home town.

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Cellphones in the theatre . . . ahem

Who hasn’t been bothered by someone in a theatre who just can’t control his/her need to check on their smartphone?  Here’s a good article that goes to the core of the problem.

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