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Posts Tagged ‘Vertigo’

Tuesday April 8th, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock and ‘The 39 Steps’


By Mark Pinkert
Contributor

Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest (1959) is his most famous rendering of the innocent-man-on-the-run thriller, but The 39 Steps (1935) is the original, and while the former is colored, cohesive, and so in a form for longevity, the latter is more eccentric, stylized, and perhaps more oddly compelling. But The 39 Steps hasn’t survived in popular memory because it is in black-and-white and is often difficult to understand (mumbling British accents and underdeveloped sound-mixing). Modern film viewers will have seen at least Psycho (1960),Vertigo (1958), and Rear Window (1954), or some combination of the Hitchcock essentials, but only the true enthusiasts–fewer and fewer they remain–will see The 39 Steps. My suggestion is to see it, regardless.

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Friday February 8th, 2013

The 10 Best Groups Of Films That Got Oscar Noms But No Wins

By Joey Magidson
Film Contributor

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Everyone knows the saying “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” right? Well, that’s certainly the case, but there are always times when it just doesn’t seem right for a film to leave Oscar night empty handed. Tons of worthy films aren’t even nominated each year, but there is also no shortage of flicks that receive a solid amount of nominations and wind up winning nothing.

A lot goes into actually winning an Academy Award. Quality, of course, comes into play, but a little less than I’d prefer. Politics has its place, too, both in terms of capturing the zeitgeist and also in campaigning for the win. Oscar voters love to be wooed. One can occasionally win without campaigning, but by and large the Academy wants you to want it.

While it’s not included below, Up in the Air is a great recent example of a film that went from looking like a possible Best Picture frontrunner to hanging its hat on an Adapted Screenplay win to winding up without any wins on Oscar night, despite six nominations overall. It’s a long road from nomination morning to the show itself, so many a high quality film has had its moment ruined by another worthy (or at least usually worthy) contender. This year, at least a few similar movies will have that same empty feeling, but I’ll get to them later on.

For this week’s Top 10 piece I opted to do things a little bit differently. Instead of limiting it to 10 films that had multiple Oscar nominations but won nothing, I’ll be looking at 10 groups of films that have that sad distinction. It allows more work to be discussed, a wider net to be cast for answers and a nice change of pace.

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Monday May 7th, 2012

The Last shot in Every Hitchcock Film

By Rhett Bartlett

From a dog, to a wink.  The last shots from EVERY Alfred Hitchcock film.

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Tuesday January 10th, 2012

Why Kim Novak Is Wrong About ‘The Artist’ (Opinion)

The beautiful and talented actress Kim Novak has no bigger fan than me, which is why I take no pleasure in pointing out the 78-year-old is patently wrong — factually and morally — to assert in a full-page ad in today’sVariety that the team behind The Artist did anything wrong or even unusual by using in their film — with credit — a bit of Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), in which Novak starred with Jimmy Stewart. (Hermann’s “Scene d’Amour” plays briefly during the protagonist’s lowest moment in The Artist.)

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Sunday December 25th, 2011

THR Awards Expert Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2011

The following list and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen.

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Sunday July 25th, 2010

MOVIE DREAMSCAPES PRE-“INCEPTION”

“Inception” is the hot new movie about dreams, but it’s far from the first film to explore the subject. Following are a number of others that came before it, several of which tackled the idea of infiltrating and manipulating the thoughts of others during their sleep long before Christopher Nolan

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