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Friday, April 29, 2005

Hitchcock -- The master of Suspense

Today is the 25th Death Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock. One of my favorite directors , he is universally acclaimed as the master of suspense. Having seen most of his movies (including the less famous ones such as Marnie,Spellbound) , I would consider every movie as an incredible experience. Suspense,intrigue,mystery,chilling background music,cameo appearances -- they are all trademarks of a Hitchcockian thriller. Here are five of my favorite Hitchcock movies . If you haven't seen them yet, now is the time.

1. Psycho : Can't say anything new that hasn't been said yet. This is a Classic. The "Shower" scene is one of the most chilling moments in celluloid world.

2. Vertigo : A Complex tale of a Detective , his fear of heights and his obsession with a woman. Exotic San Francisco locales and wonderful acting by Jimmy Stewart.

3. North by Northwest : Mistaken Identity , Cross Country chase and a stunning climax at Mt.Rushmore.

4. Rear Window : Can an entire thriller movie be shot inside an apartment ? Watch this amazing movie to find out.

5. Rope : Two young men commit a murder just to see what it's like . Its a spectacular movie with superb screenplay and dialogues.

The other good Hitchcock movies : Dial M for Murder,Rebecca,Strangers on a Train,Shadow of a Doubt,Birds.

Here is a nice Slideshow on Hitchcock from Rediff.

2 Comments:

  • Psycho, North by Northwest & Rope are the ones I should say were too good to miss.

    I mean Psycho was the best no doubt and hats off to that man!!!

    By Blogger A Confused Soul, at 3:59 PM  

  • You should try to see his Black & one white movies like Shadow of a Doubt,Rebecca,Strangers on a Train.
    B&W is THE Canvass for mystery !

    By Blogger Cogito, at 7:32 PM  

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