Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

PETER BOGDANOVICH: But you never watch your films with an audience – don’t you miss hearing them scream?

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: No. I can hear them when I’m making the picture.

Hitchcock and Cary Grant

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5 Responses to Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock

  1. Helena says:

    Two of my favourite things, Cary Grant and dramatic silhouettes!

  2. Carolyn Clarke says:

    I love this man and Cary Grant ain’t bad either. I just this minute finished watching the documentary “Hitchcoch/Truffaut” which discusses Truffaut’s book (obviously). I am not a film buff in any sense of the word but I love the movies I love and I can watch a Hitchcock or John Ford movie any day of the week and twice on Sunday and I have. IMHO, they both understand that a movie is visual. For some of their movies, you don’t even need sound. And they were both very romantic/sensual in showing relationships. The kisses in The Quiet Man or Notorius or She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. They way they used black and white or color. The focus on the eyes and hands which Ford didn’t do a lot (the scene in Stagecoach where the gambler decides to shoot the captain’s wife to save her from the Indians)but Hitchcock’s movie are all about eyes and hands (The lit milk glass, when Bob Cummings fights Norman Lloyd in the truck). Love that man. Even Frenzy and Topaz.

    • sheila says:

      Carolyn – I love your observations, especially about eyes and hands!! Good stuff!

      That Truffaut/Hitchcock doc was so great – I met Kent Jones at the Film Forum screening here in New York, which was such a treat!

      I also love your observation that their films could work as silent films. I’m not sure who I could say that about today. Such masters. And it’s interesting to consider that Hitchcock was – not looked down upon – but wasn’t seen as “serious” because he was interested in a genre that wasn’t seen as respectable as, say, melodrama or social criticism. Truffaut’s interviews did a lot to turn that around – well, the French in general – who love the stuff of ours that we think is silly. Even Westerns! They hold the torch for our “trash” until we come around.

      • HelenaG says:

        //I also love your observation that their films could work as silent films. I’m not sure who I could say that about today.//

        Pawlikowski’s “Ida” immediately comes to mind.

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