A movie lover always remembers their first Hitchcock.
To experience Vertigo through the eyes of its female lead, Judy Barton, what once was a mystery becomes a horror film, a story of anxiety so profound it approaches body horror.
As a director, Hitchcock liked to toy with certainties—emotional, sensory, and moral—and perhaps the smartest dramaturgical tack he takes in Notorious is to make Ingrid Bergman a fallen woman.
Alissa invites you try a Bodega Bay, a twist on the old Blood and Sand.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog was not the director’s first film, but it's now widely regarded as his first serious thriller—the one which marked him out as a director of singular talent and vision.
The 39 Steps not so much argues for but enacts another way of seeing things, another view of life: ironic, light, funny, and uncharacteristically benign for Hitchcock.
Rope is not a murder mystery in the traditional sense, but it’s an incredibly suspenseful experience; without traditional editing, its camera movement becomes a source of mystery.
On Hitchcock's Psycho, Van Sant's Psycho, and Soderbergh's Psychos
I would like to capture a few of Vertigo's impossible memories for myself, to stalk the film's locations and see what has been altered. Are you ready for a drive?
Strangers on a Train (1951)