faves, some I hadn't watched in years and some that I had actually never seen before. And as I watched I began to really recognize and appreciate so many wonderful techniques and the mastery of his film making.
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After North by Northwest I decided to tackle Topaz, I had never seen this movie before and I didn't really know what to expect. Ultimately I don't think I liked it very much. There is something about Hitch's efforts in the late 60s, early 70s that don't resonate with me, although I did enjoy Frenzy for the most part. Anyway, this movie seemed to be convoluted, to the point of confusing, it seemed to lack the charm of some other spy capers that I usually enjoy. Maybe it was the lack of notable talent? I try not to get hung up on things like that, but the only recognizable name, to me was John Forsythe and the only other recognizable faces to me were John Vernon and Roscoe Lee Browne. This movie didn't really do anything for me, but maybe I'll give it another chance in the future. Oh and there was one gorgeous shot that involved a purple dress, very artistic and cinematic. I found a screen capture of it on a blog called SlyWit. There are also some lovely write-ups on Hitchcock on that site too, worth checking out!
good friends Tracy, got me the TCM Greatest Films Collection Hitchcock Edition (pictured to the right). I had seen all of the movies in the set except for,
I Confess. I hadn't even really registered that title as a Hitchcock film and probably wouldn't have recalled that Montgomery Clift was in a Hitchcock movie before looking at the box cover and watching the movie. I'm guessing that this isn't a well received Hitchcock and not on the top of many people's best of lists, but I really, really enjoyed this movie. I was blown away by the plot, the whole time I was anxious and on the edge of my seat. I was also astounded by Montgomery Clift's performance. He conveyed SO much in just his eyes or a movement of his head. So powerful while doing so little. The supporting cast is also amazing, Karl Malden very good as the dutiful cop, Anne Baxter and Dolly Haas, who is quite interesting. After the movie I checked the IMDB message board and found a link to a really funny video that I posted on twitter, but I shall also post here:
All in all I think it was a nice way to remember Alfred Hitchcock during his birthday week and a good excuse to watch great movies. I'm glad that I checked out some new to me movies that I had put off viewing for awhile and hope to find the time to continue my way through his filmography.
That ended up being rather long, maybe that's my problem with posts...I have too much to say. I do try to break it up with pretty pictures though. Anyway, I hope to be updating more, I still have more Film Festival pictures and commentary to post about. Tune in the next time I finally make myself update :)