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Topic: Hitchcock Movies
Posted By: adg211288
Subject: Hitchcock Movies
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 at 3:29pm
Any Hitchcock fans here? I've recently been discovering his work (seen seven of them so far) and his movies are making me appreciate older movies a whole lot more than I ever have. 

I wasn't able to list every film he ever made on a poll limited to 25 options, so I've selected what I believe to be his 24 most known titles and left the last spot for Other choices. I based this list of the amount of total ratings for each film on RYM.

I still have many more I want to see, but so far my choice is between Rope, Rear Window, North by Northwest and Psycho. I'm leaning toward Rear Window for now. The other three I have seen are The 39 Steps, Vertigo and The Birds, all of which I would rank only a tier below the other four films. 

Incidentally, The 39 Steps is currently the oldest movie I have seen and it's single-handed converted me from ignoring older movies to actively wanting to see more of them. I had watched the western Stagecoach (1939) not that long ago, but found the film quality poorer. 

I think Hitchcock despite only seeing my first of his films last month has already become one of my favourite directors. 


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 10:35am
Psycho.

There was a season of Hitchcock films on TV when I was a teenager. Psycho is still the one which sticks in my mind the best. Along with The Birds, I love how the initial story is completely hijacked by outside events. 

I must check out Hitchcock's version of The 39 Steps. I saw a TV movie version at high school, and have not long read the book. 

I'd also highly recommend Vertigo, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and North By North West. The others I either haven't seen, or I'm a bit hazy on.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 1:57pm
I enjoyed The Birds but like many films I felt that the story didn't feel finished at the point it ended. I tend to like films to have more explanation for their events that it did as well (though I do understand that this was Hitchcock's point). 

His 39 Steps is very good. Dated obviously, but still very worthwhile viewing. I don't see any point in checking out any later versions of the story from 1959, 1978 or 2008 (I've heard this one is really bad). 


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 2:33pm
The 1978 one would be the one I saw.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 06 Feb 2019 at 2:58pm
Apparently that one is actually the closest to the original novel. 

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2019 at 12:15pm
Lots of great films there but I guess it's Psycho for me. 

I see you haven't seen Frenzy yet Adam. That's deffintely worth a watch.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 07 Feb 2019 at 2:09pm
I'm bidding on a copy of Frenzy on eBay currently. I've brought my total up to 11 of his films now, having recently viewed The Trouble With Harry, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much (the first one) and Family Plot. 

I currently have waiting to watch on DVD: Dial M For Murder, Shadow of a Doubt and The Man Who Knew Too Much (the second one). Plus a few others ordered or bidding on and a few lined up on Prime to watch. 


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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2019 at 9:39am
Just watched The Wrong Man (1956) with Henry Fonda. This was another film that was somewhat different for Hitchcock, being a true crime film, but I found it a gem. I would still rank it behind several others that I have highlighted before, but still, a top tier one for me. 

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2019 at 9:48am
^ I don't remember that one.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 08 Feb 2019 at 2:44pm
Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

^ I don't remember that one.

As in 'seen it but don't remember it' or 'don't remember seeing it at all'? Either way, it's well worth a pick up. I got a copy off of ebay (for free in the end, since the disc was badly scratched despite being sold as Very Good, even though it played fine the seller returned my money in full). Henry Fonda plays a man wrongly accused of theft and assault and must prove his innocence, while the ordeal takes a psychological toll on his wife's sanity. The scary thing about the movie is that the case is all true, which is what made it compelling viewing for me. 


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Posted By: 666sharon666
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2019 at 12:39am
I've seen what I guess are his most famous films: Psycho and The Birds, the four with James Stewart, Dial M For Murder, The 39 Steps and North by Northwest. It is close with Psycho for me, but the one I've re-watched the most often is North by Northwest, so I'll vote for that one. 


Posted By: Bosh66
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2019 at 2:45am
I’ve watched a good number of these films over the years and love most of them. Vertigo has always been my favourite but Notorious (which has no votes) I have a soft spot for.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2019 at 5:38am
I've not managed to pick up a copy of Notorious yet. It's one I'm actively looking for.

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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2019 at 7:52am
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Originally posted by Nightfly Nightfly wrote:

^ I don't remember that one.

As in 'seen it but don't remember it' or 'don't remember seeing it at all'? Either way, it's well worth a pick up. I got a copy off of ebay (for free in the end, since the disc was badly scratched despite being sold as Very Good, even though it played fine the seller returned my money in full). Henry Fonda plays a man wrongly accused of theft and assault and must prove his innocence, while the ordeal takes a psychological toll on his wife's sanity. The scary thing about the movie is that the case is all true, which is what made it compelling viewing for me. 

Don't remember seeing it at all and I'm pretty sure I've seen most of his films at some point or other. They're not such regular fixtures on Tv as they once were.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2019 at 9:54am
^ Tell me about it. There was one on Film4 (I think) last week, Lifeboat, which I forgot to record. Turns out it's one of the harder ones to find on DVD.

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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 12 Feb 2019 at 12:02pm
Watched Strangers on a Train yesterday - absolutely brilliant that one. 

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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2019 at 1:22am
And Dial M For Murder last night, also excellent.

I'm up to 17 of his movies seen now. I still have Marnie (1964) and Frenzy (1972) on DVD to watch plus some earlier ones on Prime, the one's I'm most interested in being The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Stage Fright (1950), but there's also Young and Innocent (1937) and Jamaica Inn (1939) on there. 


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Posted By: Nightfly
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2019 at 7:47am
All Hitchcock movies are worth watching at least once. The Lady Vanished is very good by the way.


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2019 at 10:02am
^ So I've heard.

Just watched Frenzy - brilliant again! I hadn't realised Hitch made another British film so late in his career until it got going. 


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Posted By: MorniumGoatahl
Date Posted: 15 Feb 2019 at 9:03am
He has a few duds in his filmography and I don't much care for silent films in general (though I hear is The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is very good) but otherwise I echo the thought that any Hitchcock film is worth checking out. Especially from the 1940s onward with a few choice picks from the 1930s while Psycho should be a staple of any horror and thriller fan's movie collection. For me though, I hold a fondness for Strangers on a Train, which is one of my favourite old movies. Rope is excellent as well, though Rear Window is the best of the Jimmy Stewart collaborations for me. I never got the focus on Vertigo for that partnership to be honest. A good film but not a favourite of mine.


Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2019 at 10:46am
Haven't checked out any of his movies before though I aim to do so quite soon! Not sure which I'll start w/, guess we'll see!


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 25 Feb 2019 at 11:25am
^ Depends what you like. 

If you enjoy horror, then Psycho is a must.

If you prefer a crime or thriller movie, then try Rope, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window or Dial M for Murder. Actually any of his ones with James Stewart in are good entry points. 

His spy movies also have a few gems, such as North by Northwest. That's actually probably his most 'fun' movie to watch and a good entry point IMO. Notorious is another good earlier spy one, along with The 39 Steps. 

He actually has quite a few romance themed movies too, like Rebecca, To Catch a Thief and Marnie, but there's always something else going on in a Hitchcock romance, sometimes quite sinister. 


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Posted By: Tupan
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2019 at 9:02am
Rope is a mastepiece, pure tension!


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 08 May 2019 at 3:03pm
There are a couple of Hitchcock's I've watched twice now - ones I watched off of Prime first then found a DVD for that I needed to test - but after having dealt on all the ones I've seen for several months I find myself more and more inclined to call Strangers on a Train the best. Hitch has many movies that have really stuck with me despite many movies watched after them, but this is the one I still keep thinking about the most and will probably be the first one I return to, bar testing any DVDs I pick up for ones I've seen through Prime. 

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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2020 at 4:44pm
There's really no beating North By Northwest, easily my second favorite movie of all time.

39 Steps is a pretty close second though, and then maybe Dial M for Murder and Torn Curtain.


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