Archive for Alfred Hitchcock

Dial 3D for Murder

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on May 17, 2012 by dcairns

Finding a way to bend The Forgotten around to the subject of Alfred Hitchcock was an interesting challenge. He’s probably the least forgotten dead filmmaker ever. Still, I’ve written a little about what is, in a way, his rarest film. This is all for For the Love of Film. Donate here —

39 Step Salute

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by dcairns

I knocked off a quick video essay… well, I hesitate to call it an essay. A book report would be more like it.

Closeups of hands, mostly, from THE 39 STEPS, with some possibly familiar music. Hands are important in this film — see how many of them YOU can spot.

The point of the exercise is rhythmic rather than intellectual — about the only point made is that there are lots of shots of hands in the film — to some extent this is a result of two plot points, the handcuffs and the villain identified by his missing digit. But I think Hitch must have noticed this connection and capitalized on it, particularly with the end shot. You can treat this as a companion to my text piece in the forthcoming Criterion Blu-ray.

The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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We raise enough money, we get a streaming edition of THE WHITE SHADOW, scripted by Hitch, with a new score. And I certainly want to see it.

Hitchcock Year Revisited

Posted in FILM with tags , , on May 15, 2012 by dcairns

As Regular Shadowplayers may know, I spent 2009 watching all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, one a week — plus all the TV shows he personally directed for good measure.

But for the benefit of any newcomers, I thought I’d link to a few highlights, in honour of For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon. If you don’t see your favourite there, that’s ’cause my selection is governed by perversity and whim. But if you search for Hitchcock Year in the SEARCH function to the right, all the entries will appear, in reverse order. Or just type the name of the film you’re after.

THE PLEASURE GARDEN. Miles Mander is pretty thin, isn’t he?

Allergic reaction to the German language.

Hitchcock’s lost film — recreated!

“My worst intertitle.”


Carl Brisson, master of nuance.

Sound test for BLACKMAIL — if you ain’t seen it, you need to!


The Hitchcock Tarot Deck.


A Hitchcock Fumetti.


Hitchcock By Numbers.



A short story by Hitch, visualized by me and Hitch.

The DeWinters.

How to seduce Joan Fontaine.

Hitchcock’s magic milk.




Some of the least known, but most factual, Hitchcock Facts.

The underrated THE WRONG MAN.

A favourite: The Crimes of Gavin Elster.

A TV piece — with video excerpt.

Watching PSYCHO with mum and dad.

Two TV works.


Test footage from KALEIDOSCOPE/FRENZY.


It all ends here.

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