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QB Movie Watch: Alfred Hitchcock
Good Old-fashioned Suspense
By Julie DiNisio
Alfred Hitchcock did not necessarily look like the master of suspense. Photos of this British director and movie industry icon remind me of an English Bulldog. Or a grumpy old man. This is a case of you can’t judge a book by its cover. Hitchcock was a genius, a pioneer in film, and far more innovative than any bulldog I’ve ever known. He introduced previously unused camera angles and wrote stories to keep his viewers on the edge of their seats. In his lifetime, he directed over fifty movies. Below are some of the most popular and some of the more notably obscure features on Hitchcock’s impressive list of accomplishments:
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel, this movie stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It is a beautiful, gothic tale that subtly highlights Hitchcock’s talent in dealing with the supernatural and suspenseful.
This was one of his most interesting works of filming. The story centers around two young men who strangled one of their friends to see if they could get away with murder. Almost the entire movie is shot on one set, the dining room of an apartment, and most of the scenes continuously run for ten or more minutes.
Rear Window (1954)
In a similar fashion to Rope, the entirety of this movie takes place from the window view of one apartment. When a professional photographer, played by James Stewart, witnesses a murder, he has to piece together the puzzle without leaving his apartment (due to a broken leg).
In this film, a detective confronts his fear of heights while following an allegedly possessed woman. Due to an unforeseeable twist, this is considered one of the director’s most defining works.
There’s no way you haven’t seen this movie. I’m not even going to bother explaining the plot. Just know that taxidermy and multiple personalities combine in one incredibly creepy, innovative movie.
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