A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense by Eric San Juan, Jim McDevitt

By Eric San Juan, Jim McDevitt

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Recommended. (Library magazine )

A 12 months of Hitchcock is prepared into fifty two chronological chapters and invitations readers to spend a 12 months with the director's top works to understand his improvement. every one movie is taken into account in gentle of Hitchcock's occupation and subject matters valuable to his paintings, supplying a spotlight at the diversity of his recognized and lesser-publicized motion pictures and delivering a key research ideal for any college-level movie library thinking about Hitchcock's motion pictures. (California Bookwatch, November 2009 )
Review
Recommended.
(Library magazine )

A 12 months of Hitchcock is prepared into fifty two chronological chapters and invitations readers to spend a yr with the director's most sensible works to understand his improvement. each one movie is taken into account in mild of Hitchcock's profession and issues valuable to his paintings, supplying a spotlight at the variety of his recognized and lesser-publicized motion pictures and offering a key research ideal for any college-level movie library fascinated by Hitchcock's movies. (California Bookwatch, November 2009 )

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She leaves the studio and returns home—but the body of The Artist is found. Frank is assigned to the case and quickly comes to the conclusion that Alice is responsible for the killing. Tracy (Donald Calthrop) is a criminal who witnessed Alice entering the studio building. He attempts to blackmail Alice, but Webber implicates Tracy, which leads to a chase through London. 32 BLACKMAIL (1929) 33 IMPRESSIONS When working your way through the cinema of Alfred Hitchcock, there are milestones that signal the ending of one era and the dawning of a new.

1930) 47 TRIVIA/FUN STUFF ✦ A German version of Murder! exists, called Mary. It was filmed using the same script and on the same sets, but featured a German cast. ✦ When Sir John’s thoughts are audible to the audience during the bathroom sequence, the technology available did not allow the audio to be dubbed in later, so it had to be created “live” for the camera. In order to create the scene, Hitchcock had a real orchestra playing off-camera, with a recording of Sir John’s thoughts being played just off set.

IMPRESSIONS The Farmer’s Wife is the funniest of the Hitchcock silent pictures. It’s also smart, endearing, and completely different from his other work. The worst 22 THE FARMER’S WIFE (1928) 23 cricitism one can offer of this warm, humorous, and accessible film is that the dialogue is so funny it’s a shame you cannot hear it spoken. The writing in The Farmer’s Wife stands out as among the best of Hitch’s early films. There’s a real sense of humor in the narrative and title cards, and we also see a fair amount of slapstick comedy, something not seen in other Hitchcock films.

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