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Saturday, September 06, 2008


Paul H

Hi Carl,

I don't really have much to say about the themes in Hitchcock's films, but since you say it has been quite a while since you have seen any of his movies, I would recommend that you watch a few of his movies when you have a chance. There are a few that I don't like (including Psycho, which seems to be just about everyone's favorite), but many of them are excellent. Off the top of my head, I would recommend The Lady Vanishes, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Torn Curtain, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, and North by Northwest. I'm not a movie buff at all, but I love Hitchcock. I have to admit though that I have never seen I Confess. I need to make a point to watch that one soon.

Carl E. Olson

Paul: I've seen Vertigo, Rear Window, and North by Northwest, and perhaps The Man Who Knew Too Much. I should look look for a "Best of Hitchcock" compilation to buy; there aren't too many current movies that interest me.

Paul H

> "there aren't too many current movies that interest me."

My sentiment exactly! :-) There are maybe one or two new movies per year, on average, that I have any interest at all in seeing. This year it was "Expelled" (which I missed), and "Veggie Tales - The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" (which I also missed), and just maybe "Star Wars: Clone Wars" -- maybe.

> "I should look look for a 'Best of Hitchcock' compilation to buy"

Compilations of his later movies (post-1940) unfortunately are rather expensive. I videotaped several of his movies from AMC, when they showed quite a few of his movies commercial-free some years ago. I don't know if they still do that or not -- I haven't watched AMC in years.

But you can find several collections of his earlier movies (pre-1940) for very reasonable prices -- because these movies are old enough to be in the public domain. (The only problem is that many of his best movies came later, at least in my opinion.)

For example, I have this collection:

Alfred Hitchcock - The Legend Begins (20 Movie Classics)

I've only watched three or four of the movies on here, but with 20 movies for less than $10, I still have gotten my money's worth. It has The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps, which are both very good. I just need to find the time to watch the other 16 or 17 movies in this set that I haven't watched yet. :-)

Gabriel McAuliffe

Another one that you left out is the Trouble with Harry, which is terribly funny.

I don't know how much the Catholic faith informed Hitchcock's films but he certainly was willing to tug at societal morality (risque), so much so that my cousin was a bit bothered as she recently watched North by Northwest with her son. I should have realized some of the naughty things that go on in that picture, even though implied.

However, as for the personal life of Alfred Hitchcock, his daughter Patricia married Joseph O'Connell, nephew of William O'Connell, first archbishop of Boston to become Cardinal. That may have kept him in the loop in regards to the faith.

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