Watch This Space

My FRENZY post will appear later. Once I’ve written it.

I am happy to report that I have now viewed every single surviving feature film directed by Mr A. Hitchcock. And once FRENZY and FAMILY PLOT have been covered, Hitchcock Year will be over. But after next Wednesday, the calendar year will still have one day left to run, so I aim to write something special for Hogmanay to round the whole thing off in style.

I can say no more.

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8 Responses to “Watch This Space”

  1. kevin mummery Says:

    So who’s up for 2010? I’d like to suggest Fritz Lang, but after a year of Hitchcock lighter fare may be more to your taste….I’ve been very interetsed to read your posts this past year, they’ve been very informative and even more entertaining. Kudos, Mr. Cairns!

  2. A little seasonal Bach:

  3. Bach & Barry Foster. Luuuuuvly.

  4. Barry Foster was great in the televison series Van der Valk.

  5. Van, the other man:

  6. No plans for a themed year in 2010, Kevin, I’ll be back to more random activities. But more themed weeks will be likely, plus the return of Film Club.

  7. Harvey Chartrand Says:

    Ten years ago, I interviewed Jon Finch in London. The story was published in Shock Cinema Magazine in 2005. This is what Finch had to say about Frenzy:

    Shock Cinema: You were cast for the lead role as the wrongly accused Richard Blaney in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972). This film was hailed as a true return to form for the Master of Suspense. You were magnificent at conveying Blaney’s alienation and desperation. Was Hitchcock difficult to work with at this juncture in his life?

    Jon Finch: Hitchcock was a sweet man. I loved him. He was not very well, more overweight than usual, quite lumpy. But he couldn’t see any necessity for rehearsal at any time. He had everything storyboarded – either sketched out or held in his head – and cleared with the camera operator. Rehearsing and looking right are absolutely essential for actors – neither of which he gave a damn about, which didn’t make me very happy. It was an incredibly boring film to shoot, but Hitchcock was fun to talk to between takes.

    Frenzy was shot in a hurry – about eight weeks. They didn’t even provide a car to the studio, and driving there was a nightmare. It was definitely second-class filmmaking.

    I don’t think Frenzy is a masterpiece. It came out of a cheap book (Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square) written by Arthur La Bern, an ex-convict who became quite popular over here after the war. Tony Shaffer – who adapted Frenzy from the book – told me recently that he didn’t know La Bern had been inside (the walls). I thought La Bern might have said something interesting about London that I didn’t know about, but it was just a simple-minded story with no psychological terror. Hitchcock didn’t use much of the book, though.

  8. Brilliant, thanks! Finch is an underrated talent who should be in more films. Ridley Scott admires him and tries to use him once in a while, but I wish more others did.

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