Rich with a sense of autumnal beauty, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, which was promoted as “[a] comedy about a corpse,” turns on the joke that the corpse of Harry Worp, found in the woods one morning with what appears to be a fatal gunshot wound, won’t stay buried. Four times after clandestine burial […]
With one more film to go before he moved from England to the States, Alfred Hitchcock made The Lady Vanishes, winning the directorial prize of the New York critics. If anything, this superlative entertainment is even more highly regarded today than it was in 1938. On a trans-European train headed to London, Miss Froy, a […]
Carol Reed, whose impersonations included Georg Wilhelm Pabst in the underground scenes of The Stars Look Down (1939) and Orson Welles in everything in The Third Man (1949), tried his hand at Hitchcock in between, in Night Train to Munich, a film that borrowed scenarists Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, star Margaret Lockwood, and the […]
Alfred Hitchcock followed his masterpiece, Psycho (1960), one of the most exactingly brilliant studies of the American social, moral and psychological landscape, with four more or less Europeanized or “international” films; even The Birds (1963), Psycho’s immediate successor, a Californian transplantation of Daphne du Maurier’s story, seems “universal” beyond the studio that released it. Marnie […]
Having revisited in the wee hours one of my favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, I have expanded my essay about it: https://grunes.wordpress.com/2007/03/01/ Enjoy again—or for the first time.