A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK REVIEW

So last week ended my Year of Hitchcock challenge meaning that I have now officially watched every Hitchcock film. From the year of doing the blog I believe I have learnt several things about films particularly good ways to build tension; that will ultimately improve my personal filmmaking and scriptwriting. The challenge has been extremely rewarding and although lots of perseverance was needed – particularly during the first few weeks of silent movies – it was worth it. …
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 52 – FAMILY PLOT

So this week brings the challenge to a close with the final film Hitchcock would direct. Family Plot, it is sad to finish the challenge as I feel I have learnt a lot not just about Hitchcock but film in general as I have seen aspects of the films which worked well that I will most likely use as inspiration in my future career as a filmmaker.…
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 51 – FRENZY

The penultimate week of my Hitchcock challenge brings to Frenzy. The story of an estranged ‘neck-tie strangler’. WHAT HAPPENED? With a ‘neck-tie strangler’ on the loose murdering woman left right and centre, a down on his luck man (Jon Finch) finds himself framed for the murder and must go on the run.…
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 49 – TORN CURTAIN

This week’s film is Torn Curtain an interesting movie set in the back-drop of the cold war. WHAT HAPPENED? Professor Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) and his fiancée (Julie Andrews) are travelling to Europe to attend a physics conference; however once they arrive he informs his future wife that he is going elsewhere; she consequently stalks him and they end up on the other side of the Iron Curtain in East Berlin; where Armstrong must obtain some information from a German scientist before they can escape West once more.…
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 48 – MARNIE

After researching a little in last weeks film The Birds, I discovered that it was generally regarded as the ‘last great Hitchcock film’. This surprised me somewhat and left me with a desire not to watch this weeks film (Marnie). However I persevered and I’m glad I did as Marnie is a very intriguing film and although not Hitchcock’s best it is far from the worst I have seen in this challenge.…
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A YEAR OF HICKCHCOCK WEEK 46 – PSYCHO

This week’s film is yet another classic Hitch film, Psycho. Psycho is a film that is famous for several reasons and contains one the most iconic scenes in film history.  WHAT HAPPENED? A secretary (Janet Leigh) steals $40,000 from her boss and goes on the run; she soon finds herself at the sinister Bates Motel and meets the owner a strange young man (Anthony Perkins) who is strangely obsessed with his mother.…
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 45 – NORTH BY NORTHWEST

This week’s film is another that is regarded as one of Hitchcock’s best and I have to admit it is the most typically Hitchcock film that I have watched in this challenge. Whereas last weeks Vertigo was a combination of all Hitchcock’s experimental aspects North by Northwest is a mix of the most mainstream; and this is by no means a bad thing. …
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A YEAR OF HITCHCOCK WEEK 44 – VERTIGO

Apologies for posting a day early but I’m super busy tomorrow so thought I’d get it out of the way. This weeks film is Vertigo which recently overtook Citizen Kane to become Sight & Sound’s best film ever. It is a film I’ve seen several times and truly admire… so sorry if this review is a little biased!  …
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