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Best Hitchcock film?

Post by smitty1931 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:56 am

My choice would be The Thirty Nine Steps. Donat and Carroll are perfect.There is not a dull spot in the entire film. Interesting it has been remade twice, neither matching the first. His worst was probably Secret Agent as Guilgud was wooden and Lorre overacted badly. Plus bland Robert Young as the villain was bad casting!

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:52 am

My favorite is North by Northwest. The (literally) dark early ones like 39 Steps--they're at best an acquired taste for me.

The critics' favorite seems to be Vertigo, something I have never understood. I've seen it several times, but I like it as much as I do for some of the "wrong" reasons, which I'll go into if anyone really cares. Its overall status as a cinematic achievement seems to me overrated, starting with it being even harder in this movie than in others by Hitchcock to overcome numerous and huge plot credibility issues.

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by Bro » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:14 pm

jbuck919 wrote: The critics' favorite seems to be Vertigo, something I have never understood. I've seen it several times, but I like it as much as I do for some of the "wrong" reasons, which I'll go into if anyone really cares. Its overall status as a cinematic achievement seems to me overrated, starting with it being even harder in this movie than in others by Hitchcock to overcome numerous and huge plot credibility issues.
I don't think the producers were looking for realism in the story. The reason the movie is so powerful is that it has a hypnotic quality and it is about loss and nostalgia and trying to recapture a past that cannot be recaptured ect ect.. It's full of romantic longing and pathos and it reminds me a little of a cinematic Tristan. The theme of love and loss is prevalent and it has a darkly sardonic (and modern) twist, in that the hero experiences the same loss twice.

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by lennygoran » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:15 am

>My choice would be The Thirty Nine Steps<

Rear Window for me. Regards, Len

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by John F » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:43 am

The one I enjoyed most is "The Trouble with Harry." Haven't seen it or any other Hitchcock movie in many decades.
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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by bigshot » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:25 am

I think Hitchcock's best are Shadow of a Doubt and Notorious. The characters in those two have a million layers and you're liking them at the same time you're afraid of and for them.

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by stenka razin » Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:38 pm

May I suggest 'Strangers On A Train'? The glasses sequence still send shivers up my spine and Robert Walker is terrifying. 8)


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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by Tarantella » Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:42 am

Best Hitchcock film? "Psycho" - because it's a two-hander and the film equivalent of chamber music! Also, "Stage Fright" is another excellent film and, of course, "Vertigo". I've read everything about Hitchcock and continue to be fascinated and enthralled by his films. Also, another fave is "Dial M for Murder". Long live The Hitch!

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by Tarantella » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:56 pm

Lenny has posted some comments about Gary Cooper on another thread, and how that actor turned down the role of Rhett Butler and also Hitchcock roles, eg. "Foreign Correspondent". Much as I loved "Coop", I don't think he would have been 'suitable' in any of these parts - particularly the charismatic Rhett. I think Joel McCrea was excellent in the parts where he was chosen to replace the reluctant Cooper. It's that "everyman" quality that Hitchcock liked in his films and which were ideal for McCrea - the nice guy who wouldn't hurt a fly and gets caught up in "situations". Like the townsfolk in "Shadow of a Doubt" - artless and oh-so-vulnerable!! Gary Cooper had a coldness and detachment to him IMO (a little like Henry Fonda) which wouldn't have suited these roles.

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:43 pm

Tarantella wrote:Lenny has posted some comments about Gary Cooper on another thread, and how that actor turned down the role of Rhett Butler and also Hitchcock roles, eg. "Foreign Correspondent". Much as I loved "Coop", I don't think he would have been 'suitable' in any of these parts - particularly the charismatic Rhett. I think Joel McCrea was excellent in the parts where he was chosen to replace the reluctant Cooper. It's that "everyman" quality that Hitchcock liked in his films and which were ideal for McCrea - the nice guy who wouldn't hurt a fly and gets caught up in "situations". Like the townsfolk in "Shadow of a Doubt" - artless and oh-so-vulnerable!! Gary Cooper had a coldness and detachment to him IMO (a little like Henry Fonda) which wouldn't have suited these roles.
Cooper did make a film with Deborah Kerr called The Naked Edge which IMO would have been worthy of Hitchcock. Watch that to see how he might have worked out for Hitch in another movie. Don't go to the Wikipedia article, whatever you do, because it gives away every element of this excellent thriller.

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Re: Best Hitchcock film?

Post by Tarantella » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:22 am

I think that was a later film, made in the last few years of Cooper's life - he looked strained and tense and tired in those late films. "Vera Cruz" is one which comes to mind. Yes, I remember him in that role and point taken about his "suspense" possibilities for Hitch.

The Director liked to create ambiguities in his characters and I think this mostly worked, except in "Marnie" and "The Birds" - Tippi Hedren was a disaster, IMO. I loved James Stewart in "Rear Window" and "Vertigo". That scene where he takes Madelaine up the stairs of the tower and tells he her knows all. Those aching lines, "You shouldn't have kept a souvenir of a killing.....I loved you so Maddie". I absolutely believed!! In the rest of the film he was disturbing because of his obsession, but this scene 'redeems' Scotty completely, IMO. And that last Catholic image after she has fallen to her death. Hitch and Catholicism - the subject of a lengthy discussion!!!!

You must see 'I Confess'. Corn because of Anne Baxter but Clift is, as usual, stunning and 'under-performing' his way to total credibility as a priest. He was a great, great actor, IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H43IqD7mEg

He knocked The Duke's sox off in 'Red River' too - and Hawks could do anything with Wayne to make him look good!

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