Thursday, October 1, 2015
Thursday Movie Picks-Hitchcock films
October 1st means it is the month of spooky, spooky:) This week the theme is Hitchcock. If you pop over at Wandering Through The Shelves, you can find other people who joined in on the fun. One picks 3 films according to the week's theme and this was tough because the theme is Hitchcock and I love Hitchcock.
OK my favourite Hitchcock film is Strangers on a Train, followed by Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, Psycho, The Birds, ...I mean the list goes on and on. You know I still have not seen Notorious which is one of the biggest "slap me upside the head" blunders of not seeing a movie. Ok that might be a choppy sentence but it's late and I'm tired while writing this. I love all his films even Blackmail and Rich and Strange but I went with 3 films of his that I hope will be different from other picks plus they are just dam great! OK the last one is a biggie of his but let's get on with the show.
This stars the beautiful Sylvia Sydney whom most of you know from her from Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks gigs. In this film, She is married and they run a movie theatre. Her little brother lives with them. There are spies about and plenty of tension and suspense as only Hitch can do. Actually, this is the only film Sydney was in that was directed by Hitchcock. She intensely disliked him and never wanted to work with him again. When I saw this film, many, many years ago, I was riveted and it stayed with me for years.
A German U-boat torpedoes a British ship and the survivors are on this lifeboat. They end up saving a German from the U-boat that was also sunk. Now under any other director, it would sound kind of lack lustre, but Hitch creates tension between the people and develops the characters well. He does appear in this film also, you just have to look for his cameo. One tidbit is quite funny, Tallulah Bankhead, who is the star, was well known for wit, intelligence and sexual freedom. She didn't believe in wearing underwear and this caused a bit of a problem in filming. The Assistant Director came to Hitchcock with the problem of how to deal with covering up her naughty bits. Hitch paused and then said something like this, "I'm not sure if this should be brought to the attention of the cameraman, make-up or hairdressing."
3. NORTH BY NORTHWEST-1959
I can watch this movie over and over again. It is so much fun and I get a kick that the lady (Jessie Royce Landis) who plays Cary Grant's mother was only 8 when Grant was born. Anyhoo, Grant is mistaken for someone else and is taken to a lovely home where he meets his nemesis played by the great James Mason. Martin Landau is the henchman who does Mason's bidding. Of course Grant ends up on a train, meets a beautiful blond and ends up on the face of Lincoln at Mount Rushmore. There is so much to this film (love that his initials spell R.O.T) and the crop dusting scene is justifiably famous.
Now I Love Strangers on a Train and mentioned it on my blog before-if you haven't seen that one...please see it.
Which Hitchcock film do you love?