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    Posted: 05 Jan 2012 at 11:16am
Not synonymous with your 'favourite' Hitch film, but rather, what's his best work in your opinion? Any thoughts on why would be ace too.  It's a fairly big list actually - probably too big. Oh well.

I've listed them above in whatever order they came to mind - and did, of course, include an 'Other' option. I've also mostly omitted his earlier British work due to my own bias. But then, that's what the 'Other' option is for Wink

Forgot 'To Catch a Thief' damnit




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Voted "North by Northwest"which I enjoyed most
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I really like The BirdsEmbarrassed
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Ah, two classics! Nice job!


I've voted for Rear Window - why later - but first I had to share this, in part because I didn't make it large enough in the collage, in part because it's fascinating:



If you've ever seen Marnie - you'll know that this poster misrepresents the film big time. It's so, so very un-Bond.
A Pakistani poster I believe.  Though you can see why anyone would chose to use Connery's Bond fame to sell a film, especially as Marnie wasn't (at the time) as well received as his other works.

(apologies on the size)



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The Birds!
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Pyscho, for me. Like the 39 Steps too. I have not seen it in years. Must try and watch it again soon. It is like some dim memory these days.

He did some fabulous films. I still watch his old TV show occasionally at night. Saw one with David McCullum last night in it.
He was "The Man From Uncle's" off-sider in that TV show.
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^This is a joke.
"The Birds" for me.
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Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Pyscho, for me. Like the 39 Steps too. I have not seen it in years. Must try and watch it again soon. It is like some dim memory these days.

He did some fabulous films. I still watch his old TV show occasionally at night. Saw one with David McCullum last night in it.
He was "The Man From Uncle's" off-sider in that TV show.


Ah, Pyscho is such a classic - you know the famous censorship story about it? That Hitch had nearly as much trouble with the shower seen as the toilet?

Another cause of concern for the censors was that Marion was shown flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible. Up until that time [1960] in mainstream film and television in the U.S., a toilet flushing was never heard, let alone seen.

Fantastic, huh? And I remember when I first watched The 39 Steps - taped it off the TV when VHS was still king Wink


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Originally posted by Kazuhiro Kazuhiro wrote:

 
^This is a joke.
"The Birds" for me.



Hahaha! Clap That's another classic film - I find Mel Brooks to be a bit 'hit and miss' but I do like that one
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"The Birds" was great when I was young, its more like kitsch now, I still like it. The whole idea of nature rebelling against this out of control mother in law seems like a really dark joke now.
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Originally posted by js js wrote:

"The Birds" was great when I was young, its more like kitsch now, I still like it. The whole idea of nature rebelling against this out of control mother in law seems like a really dark joke now.


The kitsch factor is there, but it's still creepy, huh? And some of those special effects were pretty amazing - the matte paintings too! Woah.   Yes! Nature rebelling against an out-of-control mother in law, that's black comedy for sure Wink

In the clip below (it takes a minute to get there) I love the way the birds pour down the chimney. Not exactly seamless by today's standards, and it's fun to imagine the actors reacting to nothing, as they actually were, the birds themselves being edited in later

 
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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Pyscho, for me. Like the 39 Steps too. I have not seen it in years. Must try and watch it again soon. It is like some dim memory these days.

He did some fabulous films. I still watch his old TV show occasionally at night. Saw one with David McCullum last night in it.
He was "The Man From Uncle's" off-sider in that TV show.


Ah, Pyscho is such a classic - you know the famous censorship story about it? That Hitch had nearly as much trouble with the shower seen as the toilet?

Another cause of concern for the censors was that Marion was shown flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible. Up until that time [1960] in mainstream film and television in the U.S., a toilet flushing was never heard, let alone seen.

Fantastic, huh? And I remember when I first watched The 39 Steps - taped it off the TV when VHS was still king Wink


Never heard the story about the censorship Ashley but I must stay at the Bates Motel one dayBig smile Take me mum Wink Still Psycho is one of the best thrillers today. Love how she pinches the money and runs and the twist with the film when she arrives at Norm's place.
 
My wife and I lately have been watching a lot of old films and seeing The 39 Steps on the poll  reminds me of others I should re-visit as well, "North By Northwest" and "Dial M for Murder". Have no trouble in getting her to watch Hitchcock.
 
 I love the old movies. Black and White is fine for me. Gives them character. Then again I like old music too. Same reason heaps of character. Cool
 
 
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Originally posted by Kazuhiro Kazuhiro wrote:

 
^This is a joke.
"The Birds" for me.
Mel rules...........I love his stuff from Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs.
 
Blazing Saddles would be my fave. LOL
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Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Pyscho, for me. Like the 39 Steps too. I have not seen it in years. Must try and watch it again soon. It is like some dim memory these days.

He did some fabulous films. I still watch his old TV show occasionally at night. Saw one with David McCullum last night in it.
He was "The Man From Uncle's" off-sider in that TV show.


Ah, Pyscho is such a classic - you know the famous censorship story about it? That Hitch had nearly as much trouble with the shower seen as the toilet?

Another cause of concern for the censors was that Marion was shown flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible. Up until that time [1960] in mainstream film and television in the U.S., a toilet flushing was never heard, let alone seen.

Fantastic, huh? And I remember when I first watched The 39 Steps - taped it off the TV when VHS was still king Wink


Never heard the story about the censorship Ashley but I must stay at the Bates Motel one dayBig smile Take me mum Wink Still Psycho is one of the best thrillers today. Love how she pinches the money and runs and the twist with the film when she arrives at Norm's place.
 
My wife and I lately have been watching a lot of old films and seeing The 39 Steps on the poll  reminds me of others I should re-visit as well, "North By Northwest" and "Dial M for Murder". Have no trouble in getting her to watch Hitchcock.
 
 I love the old movies. Black and White is fine for me. Gives them character. Then again I like old music too. Same reason heaps of character. Cool
 
 


Me too, I've got no problem with black and white. If lit well, it can be wonderful indeed - and some of the soundtracks from those Hitchcock films are killer! I should go and but some.

Great twice for the opening of a film, huh? You want her to take it but you're not sure if she will and then she's off! I haven't seen NbyNwest for a while, but I recently watched 'Dial M for Murder' and forgot how dialogue heavy it is - like many play to film adaptations. Still tense but.

Anytime I hear the title to Dial M I think of this:





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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by Matt Matt wrote:

Pyscho, for me. Like the 39 Steps too. I have not seen it in years. Must try and watch it again soon. It is like some dim memory these days.

He did some fabulous films. I still watch his old TV show occasionally at night. Saw one with David McCullum last night in it.
He was "The Man From Uncle's" off-sider in that TV show.


Ah, Pyscho is such a classic - you know the famous censorship story about it? That Hitch had nearly as much trouble with the shower seen as the toilet?

Another cause of concern for the censors was that Marion was shown flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible. Up until that time [1960] in mainstream film and television in the U.S., a toilet flushing was never heard, let alone seen.

Fantastic, huh? And I remember when I first watched The 39 Steps - taped it off the TV when VHS was still king Wink


Never heard the story about the censorship Ashley but I must stay at the Bates Motel one dayBig smile Take me mum Wink Still Psycho is one of the best thrillers today. Love how she pinches the money and runs and the twist with the film when she arrives at Norm's place.
 
My wife and I lately have been watching a lot of old films and seeing The 39 Steps on the poll  reminds me of others I should re-visit as well, "North By Northwest" and "Dial M for Murder". Have no trouble in getting her to watch Hitchcock.
 
 I love the old movies. Black and White is fine for me. Gives them character. Then again I like old music too. Same reason heaps of character. Cool
 
 


Me too, I've got no problem with black and white. If lit well, it can be wonderful indeed - and some of the soundtracks from those Hitchcock films are killer! I should go and but some.

Great twice for the opening of a film, huh? You want her to take it but you're not sure if she will and then she's off! I haven't seen NbyNwest for a while, but I recently watched 'Dial M for Murder' and forgot how dialogue heavy it is - like many play to film adaptations. Still tense but.

Anytime I hear the title to Dial M I think of this:



Those Simpsons LOL I have seen some real funny cartoons from them. I never turned them on to watch them but my kids did and of course I would get sucked in and watch it too. I used to love that "Cow And Chicken"  show too Cool  "my udders"
 
 
They used to watch it before school and often wound up being late  Embarrassed
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^ Wow, udders indeed! hhahaha I remember seeing that one too

On a Hitchcock note, I'm giving a second vote to 'Vertigo' - great soundtrack, excellent tension through the first half and then Jimmy's character just takes it beyond creepy with the make over. Clasisc Hitchcock.
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In honour of Vertigo which I half expected to get a few votes - but The Birds was too strong.

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The Psycho Birds Who Spelled Too Much. Tongue

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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

The Psycho Birds Who Spelled Too Much. Tongue


Nice!
How about:

The 39 Strangers with Rope


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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

The Psycho Birds Who Spelled Too Much. Tongue


Nice!
How about:

The 39 Strangers with Rope



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