Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most influential suspense directors in the history of cinema. There are many reasons he continues to influence filmmakers as well as appeal to film lovers. Witty dialogue is not lacking from the majority of his scripts. The visual appeal in his films is so precise that most people do not even think that they never see the knife penetrating Janet Leigh’s character, Marion Crane, in Psycho (1960) this many years later. Yet, most people do not explore many of his films unless they explore his catalog. Rope (1948) is one of those films.Continue reading “Mise-en-scène analysis of Hitchcock’s Rope and Rear Window”
Today’s throwback review is about the film Rear Window (1954). Rear Window is by far one of this writer’s favorite films. During one of my film classes, I was lucky enough to see the film the way Hitchcock intended. This film is one of the Hitchcock films I had seen before the class. During the course, we also had to give reports on the various movies shown. Rear Window is the film I signed up for on the sheet being passed row to row.Continue reading “Rear Window Film Review”
In a lot of ways, Rope (1948) has inspired several feature films. Two that come to mind are Rear Window (1954) and Murder by Numbers (2002). Next week, I will post my Mise-en-scène analysis of Hitchcock’s Rope and Rear Window using Rope and Rear Window’s opening scenes.Continue reading “Rope Film Review”
During my Freshman year in high school, I viewed The Birds (1963) through my English/literature class. This was after reading various excerpts from Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire semester. Most people were more excited that semester by the Romeo and Juliet assignment which allowed to watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. While I love Baz Luhrmann’s work, I was more excited about The Birds.
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock changed the face of horror and the way movies were viewed entirely with birth of Psycho. While he was known as the Master of Suspense beforehand, Psycho was the film that sealed his nickname for decades to come. There are directors that have of course come close to producing features that take audiences on a thrill ride, but still none like Hitchcock. In fact, after watching a documentary through my cable provider, Dial H for Hitchcock (1999), I learned even more about Psycho.