Marnie

This is a 1964 Hitchcock film with Sean Connery and Tippie Hedren (she was in The Birds).

Jolly good stuff too. Sean was great in his part, and I read that he wanted to do a Hitchcock film, but just as long as the character he played was nothing like a special agent, he didn’t want to be typecast. So his role in this was quite different and he played it well.

The story deals with rape so is heavy stuff, and not really what you would expect from Hitchcock, but it is all good. Is there such thing as a bad Hitchcock film? I have yet to find out.

Read about it on Wikipedia after watching, it is interesting to read how this was made.

Date watched: February 21st
Score: 8.5/10
Film count 2016: 33

Rebecca

This is a 1940 Hitchcock film with Laurence Olivier. This was actually Hitchcock’s first film in the U.S.

It didn’t seem like a Hitchcock film at all, but it was good to watch none-the-less. Laurence Olivier was good, as was Joan Fontaine, and the special effects were quite impressive considering that this was made over 70 years ago. There were some nifty camera shots too.

Date watched: September 21st
Score: 8/10
Film count 2013: 122

Here is the whole thing.

Vertigo

And another film I forgot to write a review for this week, keeping up with this one film a day thing is harder than I thought.

Pretty good stuff with Jimmy Stewart doing his thing, and a good story that didn’t get boring or predictable.

Sight & Sound magazine put this film in 1st as the best film of all time, with Citizen Kane in 2nd, but I don’t think that is right, Citizen Kane is better.

Date watched: September 12th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2013: 117
Rotten score: 98%

Vertigo

Rope

This was Hitchcock’s first colour film. The colour was different too, it kind of looked as though it was made with a Lomo camera, the colours popped a little.

The story was good, which it had to be as it was pretty much set in one room. It was based on a play, which in turn was based on a true story.

As this was a 1948 film the actors were not familiar at all, except Jimmy Stewart, who was by far the best actor. Jimmy is great. You should read on Wiki how this film was made, Hitchcock had to make provision for the huge cameras used at the time, which on this small set was a bit of a challenge. He also had two cameos although I didn’t notice either of them.

The story went along at a good rate, all talky stuff, and Hitchcok kept up the suspense quite well. The camera shots between reels was interesting too (see Wiki).

A ripping yarn.

Date watched: February 4th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2013: 15

Notorius

This is a 1946 Hitchcock film with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

Pretty good really although predictable. Bergman was great. There is one shot in the film that was quite well done, you can read about it here (third paragraph).

Date watched: May 18th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 51