Fingerprints…

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…is the name of a film within a film in this movie. Disappointing that Hitchcock never made a film with that title.

(But this face-to-thumbprint transition reminds me of the subliminal dissolve from Anthony Perkins’ grin to Mrs Bates’ skull at the end of PSYCHO.)

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Follow the clues…

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(Anny Ondra leaves her fingerprints all over the crime scene, but this never becomes a plot point because the police don’t have her prints. But her glove is discovered, and her detective boyfriend recognises the torn fingertips…)

Which film is this?…

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Hitchcock’s BLACKMAIL…

(We actually see Cyril Ritchard, as the artist, guide Anny’s hand to paint in the body’s outline — she’s already rendered the head in her own style. Since it’s not easy to draw using someone else’s hand, I presume the outline was already sketched on the card in light pencil, too softly for the camera to see. Even then, I would suppose that Ritchard must have been pretty good with a brush…)

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Or Hitchcock’s BLACKMAIL?

The silent or the talkie? Whoever gets it right can have an actress follow them around revoicing their dialogue for a month.

3 Responses to “Fingerprints…”

  1. I can’t resist this song:

    I saw Leonard Cohen perform in a brilliant open air concert in Dublin last year. It was one of the best concert experieces ever.

  2. It’s lovely. A Hitchcock-Cohen collaboration would be quite strange. Although approximately 80% of Cohen’s song titles sound like films noir…

    A Singer Must Die
    By The Rivers Dark
    Death Of A Ladies’ Man
    I Left A Woman Waiting
    In My Secret Life
    Night Comes On

    And these ones are:
    The Butcher
    The Window
    Undertow

  3. And one of the best from last year’s concert:

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