Film Friday -“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

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Film Fridays is a project initiated by Darren from over at The Arty Plantsman and me.

After doing a daily music challenge for a month last year we talked about doing something similar for movies.

And the current global lockdowns give us the perfect excuse to start!
Many of us are confined to home with only the TV for company so we thought we would start ‘Film Fridays’ so that we can talk about our favourite movies and hopefully give our readers some ideas for things to watch.
We would be delighted if you would join us!
Just tag your post with #FilmFriday and do a pingback to either Darren’s or my posts so that we can can have a look at yours! You can also copy the “Film Friday” poster I came up with.

We don’t necessarily want to talk about the nerdy technical details but more about why these films speak to us as individuals, why they have a place in our hearts, and any personal memories they evoke.

So please join us each friday when we will each be talking about a different movie from our list of favourites!

 

Hitch

“The Master of Suspense” (Indian ink and acrylic paint on cardboard, April 2020)

 

One can not talk films without talking Alfred Hitchcock, or as he was also known „The Master of Suspense“. He was one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema and directed over 50 feature films, that garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations and six wins.

I don’t think that it’s possible that no one hasn’t at least seen one of his films but just in case you haven’t I can very much recommend the following:

  • Rebecca a 1940 American romantic psychological thriller featuring Joan Fontaine and Lawrence Olivier
  • Spellbound a film noir psychological mystery thriller featuring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck
  • Rear Window a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller staring Grace Kelly and James Stewart
  • North by Northwest a thriller starring Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant

Or, last but not least:

  • Psycho a psychological horror-thriller, and arguably one of his best-known films, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. The unprecedented violence of the shower scene, the early death of the heroine, and the innocent lives extinguished by a disturbed murderer became the hallmarks of a new horror-film genre.

Hitchcock’s portrayal of women has been the subject of much scholarly debate. Fact is, that they were all blond and extremely beautiful.

Hitchcock’s closest collaborator and sounding board was his wife Alma Reville whom he married in 1926.

When Hitchcock accepted the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979, he said he wanted to mention “four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter, Pat, and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville“.

Their love and relationship has been wonderfully portrayed in the biographical drama film Hitchcock (2012) with Helen Mirren in the role of Reville, and Anthony Hopkins playing Hitchcock.

And how about you? Do you like Hitchcock films? If so, which is your favorite?

Let me know all about it in your comments!

48 thoughts on “Film Friday -“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

  1. To this day I cannot watch again “Psycho”, and my husband cannot watch again, “The Birds.” I think “Marnie” was an excellent Hitchcock movie. Sean Connery and Tippi Hedrin (sp?) were great, and the woman who played Marnie’s mother was fabulous.

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  2. Great recommendations, Sarah! I love Alfred Hitchcock movies too, but Rear Window is my favorite. It’s not the scariest, but there’s something about the way the suspense is built that just draws the viewer in.

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  3. There was a time that I loved Hitchcock’s movies. I stay away from anything scary now. His were excellent in the day. I prefer them to what we have now though. As I age, I am starting to watch lighter fare all around. 😉

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  4. I do like Hitchcock films such a throwback to a bygone era, smart and artistic, too. I went through a phase in high school where I watched a lot of classic films – and Hitchcock, naturally was in the mix. So, it’s been a while, but Rear Window stands out.

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  5. I think Psycho was the first Hitchcock film I ever saw, except maybe The Birds. That was a scary one too! Yikes. He had so many great films, classics that set the stage for horror to this day. I didn’t know about his relationship with his wife. How lovely is that! Happy movie-watching, Sarah. I’m looking forward to your offering next Friday. 🙂 Be well, my friend. ❤

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    • Hmmm, what can we do about that? 😅 I think Rebecca hasn’t any jump-moments, at least not that I remember. I’ll better rewatch it, just to be sure. 😉

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  6. When hubby and I were dating, we saw a lot of films. We both took a few film classes in college and often went to the film presentations at college, because cheap date. Hubby is a huge fan of Hitchcock and we’ve seen many of his films, including all these you mentioned. Also loved: The Thirty-nine Steps; Torn Curtain; To Catch a Thief; Strangers on a Train. I read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and loved it as well as the movie. Cannot watch Psycho though I have seen it – but it totally creeps me out. Did you know that Hitchcock always made a brief cameo appearance in all his films? It’s fun to spot him. He truly owned the genre for generations, and at a time that movie quality counted on great writing, photography, acting, and of course, directing. Nowadays so many films are enhanced in the studio with all kinds of special effects. I start looking for stunt doubles, CGI, and computer technology right away. Great post, Sarah.

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    • I can vividly imagine how well Hitchcock’s movies would be on a date, especially during the jump-scenes! 😉 How lovely that you and your husband enjoyed these college presentations together. 😊 I’ve also read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and for once wasn’t disappointed by the film adaptation! Yes, I know about his cameo appearances, it’s always much fun to spot him. 😉 Just rewatched Rear Window a few weeks ago – it gets better with every viewing! 😄

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  7. I am pleased you decided to group his movies together Sarah. A great post. My fave remains ‘Psycho’, which I saw again in a cinema for its 50th anniversary and loved. Second would be ‘Rear Window’ I think. Su is very right about his later movies but I kind of like ‘Frenzy’ even though it seems rather exploitative now.

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    • Thank you, Darren! 😀 Oh, that must have been awesome watching Psycho in the cinema! I love rewatching these classics because I discover something new every time I do. 😄 Ugh! I couldn’t stand Frenzy though – lolling tongues and all. 😂

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      • Yes, Frenzy is rather lurid!
        Our local arthouse cinema gets things for anniversary showings and we are very lucky to have it. Even better – their annual Christmas movie season always includes Die Hard!

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      • Ha! A Christmas classic! 😀 How lovely that you still have an arthouse cinema, they become very rare here but luckily there are still a few though I have to admit that it’s been ages since I’ve been to any kind of cinema. 😯

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      • It will sadly be a while before any of us goes to the cinema now Sarah.
        The Dukes is an arts centre that has a theatre and bar as well as the cinema but it is a charity so I don’t know how well it will weather this crisis. Fingers crossed though😍

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  8. I forgot to check your list, but have chosen a Hitchcock movie anyway. Just not one that anyone else has mentioned yet.
    He was a strange and complex man; utterly brilliant but increasingly brutal in the way he treated his female actors later in his career.

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    • I did! And it’s way too to scary for my taste!! I kept looking at all the birds around me after that, and still feel a little bit afraid when I happen to have to walk under a tree occupied by dozens of birds – and not only because of their droppings. 😉 Stay well and happy weekend and Easter, Jill! ❤

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  9. ‘Psycho’ scared the living daylights out of me–and I was watching it at home. I jumped about a foot off the floor at the ending. Another movie of his that I remember seeing was ‘Vertigo’ with Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. Strange, strange movies, Sarah.

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