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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 … Continue reading

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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.   click here … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Preston Sturges

We had fun the other night watching “The Great McGinty”.  Talk about timely, it’s a film made in 1940, the first film directed by Sturges and it won him an Academy Award for best screenplay.  It’s all about the rise … Continue reading

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A director asks for a million things a day. People are more willing to give it to you when you ask nicely.

A nice post to the DGA website back in 2011 by Bethany Rooney . . . enjoy click here

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Deborah Kerr – many nominations, no oscars

Last night we watched “The Sundowners” with Robert Mitchum, Kerr and Peter Ustinov.  Directed by Fred Zinneman.  The film was made in 1960 and might have been one of the first glimpses of Australia that many Americans ever saw.  Mitchum … Continue reading

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State of the Union and Polling

Wrapped up the film series on how Hollywood has treated the Presidential campaign process with the Frank Capra directed “State of the Union” starring Tracy, Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury and Adolph Menjou plus some other surprises.  We had a … Continue reading

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