Good Evening. We are now presenting a Hitchcock marathon.

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Coming off of my review of Hitchcock, I am going to be delving into The Master of Suspense’s filmography over the next month. I have already seen a number of his films (thirteen to be exact but who’s counting), but because his filmography is so expansive I still have quite a ways to go. The first Hitchcock I actually saw was Rebecca, and funnily enough I saw it because of the book it was based on without even realizing it was a Hitchcock film until the credits showed up. Rebecca just happens to be the only Hitchcock film (amazingly) that has actually won an Oscar for Best Picture. Anyway, after that I started getting into Hitchcock films, and even though I haven’t liked all of them equally, I have loved many of them and have developed a healthy respect for Sir Alfred. My favorite thus far has been Vertigo, and I highly doubt it will be dethroned, but you never know.

I will start the marathon this Friday and close at the end of January, with some breaks in between for The Hobbit (guest post by Wolff), some as yet undetermined Christmas films, some more end-of the year films including Django Unchained and Les Miserables, and my top-ten lists for 2012. I’ve already reviewed Vertigo, and these are the other Hitch films I plan on covering:

The 39 Steps (1935), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Suspicion (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble with Harry (1955), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), and Marnie (1964).

I have already seen a number of these films in my pre-blogging state, so it will be nice to revisit them again. I’m missing a number of films, most notably To Catch a Thief, The Birds, and Dial M for Murder. I might be able to add some of these in depending on how things go. I based my selections on four main criteria: 1) how famous it was, 2) availability on YouTube or DVD, 3) how many I could do before February and the Oscars start up and 4) how much I liked the ones I already saw. I will eventually have a part two where I catch the remaining films that I’ve missed, and at the end of this first phase I will come back and rank all of the films I have seen so far and make some observations on Hitchcock.

I’m really enthused for this project, and I hope it will get some people interested in Hitchcock and also make way for some major Hitchcock geeking. I’ve basically been immersed in it since finally seeing Psycho in preparation for Hitchcock, so this seemed like the right time for me to go ahead with this, even with Christmas and end of the year stuff going on. Let the suspense begin!

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There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.

6 responses to “Good Evening. We are now presenting a Hitchcock marathon.

    • I don’t even have a blu-ray player, so your ahead of me on that one:) A lot of these are on youtube, so that’s how I’ll be seeing most of them. Not the optimum viewing experience, but the cheapest so I’ll go with it. Hope you get a chance to watch some more Hitchcock!!

    • I KNOW! Isn’t that picture so adorable?!?!? Anyway, it’s kind of disturbing how cute Anthony Perkins is, but I’m not going to go into that right now.
      I think the only way I could get creeped out by attacking birds is if it actually happened in real life. I have seen the second half of The Birds and I was laughing the whole time. Maybe it’s better if you’ve seen the whole thing, or if you hadn’t had the original novella shoved down your throat for two consecutive years in high school, but The Birds did not seem to be one of Hitchcock’s films that I would enjoy. Plus Tippi Hedron’s obnoxious. We’ll see however. If not now then in phase two.
      Also didn’t really like To Catch a Thief. First of all Grace Kelley annoys me, and second of all the film wasn’t very suspenseful or interesting to me. I’ll give it another go for the sake of Hitchcock and the blog though! Assuming I get through the ones I actually have scheduled…
      Out of those three that I listed, the one I most want to see is Dial M for Murder. I really liked Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend and was really psyched when I found out he was in a Hitchcock film. And if I have to see Grace Kelley at least she’s supposed to be getting murdered… lol. It wasn’t on Youtube though, so…

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