January 30, 2013 by Craig Sutherland
With ‘Hitchcock’ getting it’s UK release on February 8th, It’s probably time you swotted up on the ‘Master of Suspense’,
But with Alfred Hitchcock having 67 credits on IMDB it’s hard to know where to start, Luckily I’m here to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Rear Window (1954)
Laid up in his appartment with a broken leg, Photo Journalist L.B. Jeffries (Jame Stewart) spends his days watching his neighbors come and go with his binoculars though his Rear Window. Jeffries sees some rather strange goings on with one neighbor in particular and through boredom concocts a tale of how he has murdered his wife. The trouble is, he might be onto something.
Fact to impress your friends with: Paramount built the largest indoor set at the time to accommodate Hitchcock’s vision.
What begins as a simple theft of $40,000 by Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) quickly develops into one of the most iconic thrillers of all time, Crane checks into the Bates Hotel and the rest is cinema history. Anthony Perkins is wonderful as Norman Bates, the hotelier with ‘Mother’ Issues.
Fact to impress your friends with: This was Hitchcock’s last film in Black and White, he shot it in B and W because he was concerned how gory the film my look in colour.
North By Northwest (1959)
A case of mistaken identity sees an advertising executive (Cary Grant) pursued by foreign spies. With classic set-pieces (See Picture), It’s a blockbuster that has all the thrills of modern action-er.
Fact to impress your friends with: Cary Grant appears on the left side of the screen for almost the entire movie.
Thirsty for more Hitchcock?
Why not try…
*Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.
The Birds (1963)
*A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
*A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.