Sounds of The Birds (1963) – Alfred Hitchcock.

Few directors have had their relationship with music analysed as much as Alfred Hitchcock.  His natural ability to select the right composer to almost brand his films aurally has often meant that the musical scores have become synonymous with his filmmaking style even though they have been created by several different composers over the years.  With this context then, Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds, seems … Continue reading Sounds of The Birds (1963) – Alfred Hitchcock.

Sounds of the City – Defining the Metropolis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).

In spite of being set in the most cramped of city-based fictional areas, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) successfully presents the bustling aesthetics of a whole metropolis while managing to retain an almost claustrophobic isolation.  In the film, Hitchcock presents a temporarily wheelchair-bound photographer who becomes obsessed with a neighbour. He suspects the unusual man to have murdered his wife.  Rear Window presents a number … Continue reading Sounds of the City – Defining the Metropolis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).

Shadow Of A Doubt – Alfred Hitchcock (1942)

With the Hitchcock season soon to come to an end, it seems fitting to look at one the director’s best and often underrated pictures.  His middle period from when he first left England for David O’Selznick’s studio produced a run of astonishing films, often overshadowed by his later American films such as Vertigo (1958) and Rear Window (1954).  These films, often in black and white, are dark, tense exercises … Continue reading Shadow Of A Doubt – Alfred Hitchcock (1942)

Rope – Alfred Hitchcock (1948)

One of Hitchcock’s most experimental films, Rope contains all the ingredients that came to define his mid period but at the same time seems weirdly at odds with them.  The first thing to note about this rather twisted affair is its composition.  Unlike pretty much any other Hitchcock film, the shots are extremely long in length giving it the feel of a stage play.  This … Continue reading Rope – Alfred Hitchcock (1948)

The Trouble With Harry – Alfred Hitchcock (1955)

Hitchcock’s obsession with the macabre and murder seem to take over the majority of his work and often produced spellbinding and suspenseful results.  In 1954 though, Hitchcock produced a film that put on a different viewing filter on his dark vision.  Though a death lies at the very heart of The Trouble With Harry, never before has Hitchcock been so jovial and comedic about the … Continue reading The Trouble With Harry – Alfred Hitchcock (1955)

Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock (1958)

Reviewing a film that almost solely relies on its twists and turns can be a tricky task.  In the case of most Alfred Hitchcock films, the enjoyment comes from the suspense and the relief that flows over the viewer when the narrative twists and the shocks have been revealed.  Hitchcock’s magnum opus, Vertigo is one of these films and so therefore this review comes with … Continue reading Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock (1958)