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Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« on: February 25, 2009, 11:32:00 PM »
Alfred Hitchcock Marathon


Deadline     Year   TitleReviewers
2009-04-121926 Easy VirtueDragonfire
2009-04-121927 The Lodger: A Story of the London FogDragonfire
2009-04-121934 The Man Who Knew Too MuchDragonfire , Jon
2009-04-121935 The 39 StepsDragonfire , Jon , Rich , Tom
2009-04-191936 Secret AgentDragonfire , Jon , Tom
2009-04-261936 SabotageDragonfire , Tom
2009-05-031937 Young and InnocentDragonfire
2009-05-101938 The Lady VanishesAchim , Dragonfire , Jon , Tom
2009-05-171940 RebeccaDragonfire , Jon
2009-05-171940 Foreign CorrespondentJon
2009-05-241941 SuspicionDragonfire , Jon
2009-05-311942 SaboteurDragonfire, Achim , Jon , Tom
2009-06-061943 Shadow of a DoubtDragonfire , Jon , Rich , Tom
2009-06-081944 LifeboatDragonfire , Jon
2009-06-151945 SpellboundDragonfire , Jon
2009-06-221946 NotoriousDragonfire , Rich , Jon
2009-06-291947 The Paradine CaseDragonfire
2009-07-061948 RopeAchim , Dragonfire , Jon , Tom
2009-07-131950 Stage FrightJon , Tom
2009-07-201951 Strangers on a TrainDragonfire , Jon , Tom
2009-07-271953 I ConfessJon , Tom
2009-08-031954 Dial M for MurderDragonfire , Jon , RossRoy, Tom
2009-08-101954 Rear Windowaddicted2dvd , Dragonfire , Jon , Rich , RossRoy, Tom
2009-08-171955 The Trouble with HarryJon , Tom
2009-08-231955 To Catch a ThiefAchim , Dragonfire , Jon
2009-08-301956 The Man Who Knew Too MuchAchim , Dragonfire , Jon , Tom
2009-09-071956 The Wrong ManJon , Tom
2009-10-181958 VertigoDragonfire , Jon , Rich , RossRoy, Tom
2009-11-301959 North by NorthwestAchim , Dragonfire , Jon , Rich , Tom
2009-11-301960 PsychoAchim, Dragonfire , Jon , Rich , RossRoy, Tom
2009-12-311963 The BirdsDragonfire , Jon , Rich , RossRoy, Tom
2009-12-311964 MarnieAchim , Jon , Tom
2010-02-211966 Torn CurtainAchim , Jon , Tom
2010-03-071969 TopazAchim , Jon , Tom
2010-03-211972 FrenzyAchim , Jon , Rich , Tom
2010-04-041976 Family PlotAchim , Dragonfire , Jon , Tom
« Last Edit: August 06, 2011, 06:04:25 PM by Tom »



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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 11:32:13 PM »
The marathon will not yet start. Just for preparation. I would say we start in a couple of weeks, to give others the chance to maybe join us by buying one or two sets themselves.

Here are the movies that as far as I can tell are relevant for the participants who have signed on so far.

Dial M for Murder
Family Plot
Foreign Correspondent
Frenzy
I Confess
Lifeboat
Marnie
Mr and Mrs Smith
North by Northwest
Notorious
Psycho
Rear Window
Rebecca
Rope
Sabotage
Saboteur
Shadow of a Doubt
Spellbound
Stage Fright
Strangers on a Train
Suspicion
The Birds
The Lodger
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Paradine Case
The Trouble with Harry
The Wrong Man
Topaz
Torn Curtain
Vertigo
Young and Innocent


I will put up a time table listing these movies chronologically in time.
Please tell me, if there are some missing. Also please list Hitchcock movies not yet in the list, with which you can and want to join in in this marathon.


Edit:
Other wished inclusions:
The Lady Vanishes
To Catch a Thief
The 39 Steps
Secret Agent
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Jamaica Inn
Blackmail
« Last Edit: February 26, 2009, 10:13:16 PM by Tom »



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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009, 05:05:42 AM »
I own "The Lady Vanishes" (The, or A, or even withoiut article...?) Criterion release and might want to squeeze it into that marathon.

I guess I might want to proceed to purchase the Premiere Collection. Or better the Signature Collection (I already own North By Northwest though)? Or both (which would make it a rather steep total)? :hmmmm:

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009, 06:58:55 AM »
I can watch my mom's copy of To Catch a Thief too.

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009, 07:41:30 PM »
Like Achim, I also have The Lady Vanishes, plus:

The 39 Steps
Secret Agent
The Man Who Knew Too Much (there are two versions: 1934 and 1956)

I finally have an excuse to add a couple of ones I'm missing. Apart from some already listed, I would like Jamaica Inn and Blackmail hopefully (the latter being Hitch's first sound film). :thumbup:

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 06:46:27 PM »
I currently have 45 Hitchcock titles.  I'd like to pick up the new releases of The Lodger and The Paradine Case since I don't have those.  And maybe pick up Sabotage and Young and Innocent.  I already have those two, but they're cheap, public domain quality versions.  The Paradine Case would complete my collection of American films.  There's still a few British films I need to track down.

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 07:26:12 PM »
I have updated the first post with the films mentioned until now.
As I can only jump in with the 14th movie so far, the ones who want to watch the early movies should give the starting signal.
Also should we adhere strictly to a one movie per week rule, or make it more dynamic? I.e. should we change the pace throughout the marathon?
For example faster in the beginning (depending on the early participants).



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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009, 07:39:02 PM »
I haven't got any of his really early stuff. There are boxsets: The Early Hitchcock Collection and The British Years which might contain a couple you're after. I'm waiting for a price drop. British Years looks a bit low quality, though I may be very wrong.

Is The Paradine Case really worth having? I've heard it's weak, mainly because Hitchcock only did it to complete his contract with Selznik.

Alert for people who can receive BBC4! Tomorrow, 28th Feb, 9pm, Paul Merton is doing a programme about Hitchcock, with some focus I would guess on his earliest work. Click Here

Paul Merton is a fairly decent comedian, but you may be unsure if he could do a documentary like this, but actually I can't think of anyone better. He did a short series about classic silent comedians last year, maybe a touch earlier. It was wonderful. He really knows his stuff and hopefully this will be similar and will form a nice intro to the marathon.

EDIT: My earliest is the 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much. If someone else has anything earlier and wants to play, I'll let them set the pace...
« Last Edit: February 27, 2009, 07:41:40 PM by Jon »

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 01:50:21 AM »
There is a programme on BBC tomorrow evening, hosted by Paul Merton, profiling Hitchcocks early film career

Najemikon

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009, 02:07:51 AM »
There is a programme on BBC tomorrow evening, hosted by Paul Merton, profiling Hitchcocks early film career

 ???

I even put in bold:whistle: :hysterical:

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 03:25:24 AM »
 :hysterical:

I haven't seen The Paradine Case and really have no clue about it..it was just part of the set I got last week.

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 01:10:01 PM »
Which one is it?
A colleague (who has now also bought the two Hitchcock sets I have bought, when I told him the price  ;D ) says, that he remembers an early Hitchcock movie, where a woman on a train sees a crime, but nobody believes her. She is getting more and more hysterical throughout the movie. He couldn't remember the title, but he knew, that it is not "Strangers on the Train". Which movie did he mean?



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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 01:25:54 PM »
obviously I don't know... but it sounds good! so I would like to know too!  :P
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 02:18:20 PM »
Which one is it?
A colleague (who has now also bought the two Hitchcock sets I have bought, when I told him the price  ;D ) says, that he remembers an early Hitchcock movie, where a woman on a train sees a crime, but nobody believes her. She is getting more and more hysterical throughout the movie. He couldn't remember the title, but he knew, that it is not "Strangers on the Train". Which movie did he mean?

Ahhh, that's the wonderful The Lady Vanishes. A bit dated, but along with The 39 Steps, still pretty amazing. You'll know the story. It's been refilmed by lesser mortals a couple of times (a really odd version with Elliot Gould in the 70s) and the format taken by other films, most recently, Flightplan with Jodie Foster (daughter goes missing). In the Fox Film Noir series, there is a pretty good take on it in Dangerous Crossing (hubby goes missing).

The hysterical lady meets a nice old lady on the train. Then, the lady vanishes... ;) and no-one believes her because none of her evidence of the ladies existence can be corroborated. Soon she's dismissed as a loon, except one fellow passenger helps her, not because he necessarily believes her, but simply thinks if she gets to a conclusion of any sort, she'll be content. And he fancies getting in her knickers, but this was 1938 and one doesn't think about such things! :P

There are some classic Hitchcock touches, where the viewer just starts to wonder if the woman was ever there... except for the heart traced in condensation on the window.  :o A move Foster used in Flightplan.

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Re: Alfred Hitchcock Marathon
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2009, 02:54:53 PM »
Sadly I couldn't get the Alfred Hitchcock: The British Years at a reasonable price. There is a Marketplace offer, which I would have bought, but the seller doesn't ship to Germany :(

So have now ordered this set for €9.95.
Looks like a public domain set. I couldn't find any decent info on this (there is also no Profiler profile), so I hope that it does have at least English soundtrack. It includes, going by the Amazon description:
- 39 Steps
- Sabotage
- The Secret Agent
- The Lady Vanishes
- Spellbound
- The Paradine Case