Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

Strangled

Montage Pictures (a subsidiary label of Eureka) debuted with two unheard titles from the outer reaches of world cinema last year; Argyis Papadimitropoulis’s slow-burning drama, ‘Suntan’, and Attila Till’s wheelchair-bound hitman movie, ‘Kills on Wheels’. Following in a similar vein is Árpád Sopsits’s downbeat thriller,

78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

Is there a scene more ingrained into the popular consciousness than the shower scene from Psycho? That question is answered by Documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe in his film 78/52. He applies a laser focus on those 78 setups and 52 cuts to discuss this watershed

House of Wax (1953)

James Cameron has a lot to answer for, off the back of Avatar’s success film fans have been subjected to a decade of shoehorned 3D features. The only films still clinging on to this concept are the superhero mega-blockbusters, otherwise, 3D has well and truly

Blood Simple

‘It’s the same old song/ but with a different meaning, since you been gone’— Blood Simple is back in cinemas ahead of a blu-ray release by Studiocanal, and there’s no review more pithy than the Four Tops song given pride of place on the film’s

Raising Cain

In Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s disarmingly forthright documentary, De Palma, its subject talks about the highs and lows of his career. In that one man and his camera documentary, there is one sentence that perfectly encapsulates how modest a man Brian De Palma is.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Acclaim and success are very different beasts when considering the director, sometimes neither matter and the films they made that chimed with them the most have been overlooked or lost in the shuffle. Take the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, his personal favourite was

Jamaica Inn

Given that he directed some of the finest American films of all time, it’s easy to overlook Alfred Hitchcock’s status as a British filmmaker. Famously characterized as the Master of Suspense, Hitchcock’s work defined much of the 1940’s and 50s, back home though most of

Scott of the Antarctic

Ealing proving once again that didn’t just deal in black comedies concerned with a brand of pure Britannia that has since been consigned to history, evidenced by Studio Canal’s release of Scott of the Antarctic. As winning as Ealing can be and as good as

Victoria

Even as far back as 1948 the one take film was an aspiration with Hitchcock’s minor classic Rope. An endeavour similar to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or Gustavo Hernández’s The Silent House, both he and Hitchcock used the practice of clean plates, filming areas or