funniculee is prepared
And I needed more goals that were fun and not all about total self-improvement. We are truly enamored with his talent for suspense. It’s amazing. You would think that after all the flashy movie-making I’ve been exposed to, I would find these films boring. Nope. Not at all. The writing is just too good. And the actors can…actually ACT.
My favorite thing about Hitchcock is his use of silence to make the audience uncomfortable. Often there is no music for long stretches as the suspense builds. Makes everything a lot more creepy.
To date, I have seen:
Psycho (“Mother?!” Great film. Just great. Don’t bother seeing the remake. This is the only one you need.)
Vertigo (eh, not so much. More mystery than suspense. Kim Novak sure is purty, tho.)
Rope (Love that apartment. Interesting camera work. Jimmy Stewart is now tied with Gregory Peck as my favorite classic actor.)
The Birds (most effective low-tech sound design ever. I liked the schoolteacher character. Too bad she gets her eyes pecked out! and Jessica Tandy is wonderful as always.)
We just found out that our favorite video store has the complete Hitchcock box set. We’ll be working our way through that in the next weeks.