The A-Z of Film

H = Hitchcock

I think of myself as a bit of a Hitchcock fan. His films were never afraid to shy away, and for the time were quite controversial. It pains me say that, whilst writing this post, I’ve discovered I’m a fraud. Of the 54 films he’s directed, I’ve only seen an embarrassing 6. To call myself a fan would be an insult to Hitchcock films and the fans who’ve watched a decent amount of his work.

So my idea was to write a list and talk about the films I have seen. Unfortunately that is still what I’m going to do. You can then see how little I’ve seen. My plan afterwards is to add the films I have seen as I go, and then re-post this once I’ve seen 25% of his films. Again at 50%, 75% and 100%. I don’t know how many I will end up watching, but it’s good to have targets.

The Seventies

I start off poorly with his last two films. I haven’t seen either.

  • Family Plot (1976)
  • Frenzy (1972)

The Sixties

I’ve actually seen some Hitchcock films in this decade.

  • Topaz (1969)
  • Torn Curtain (1966)
  • Marnie (1964). Although I haven’t seen it, it’s high up on my priorities as I’ve read the book and loved it.
  • The Birds (1963). The first film on the list I’ve seen. Hooray! A great film and quite terrifying. Especially if you’re afraid of birds.

  • Psycho (1960). It would be embarrassing if I hadn’t seen this. Thankfully I have. An absolute classic that anyone who has an interest in films should watch. Pleas don’t watch the nineties scene-for-scene remake starring Vince Vaughan. It’s unbelievable that anyone thought it was a good idea. If it’s exactly the same as the original, why would you want to watch this? I’d like to find a documentary about the making of the remake. I’d imagine it’s quite interesting.

The Fifties

Spoiler alert. The other four films I’ve seen of Hitchcock’s are in this decade.

  • North By Northwest (1959). For a time this was always the answer to the question ‘What’s your favourite film?’ Although I probably wouldn’t say that anymore, it would still make my top ten. This is a masterclass in espionage filmmaking. It is beautifully shot, the plot is intertwined, the characters are interesting and the cast are superb. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason are a great team who give amazing performances. It really is an all round great film, and one I’m happy to watch again and again.

  • Vertigo (1958). This is an amazing film. The camera work displaying the sense of vertigo is brilliant. James Stewart is a master actor and is no exception.

  • The Wrong Man (1956)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • The Trouble With Harry (1955)
  • To Catch A Thief (1955)
  • Rear Window (1954). I love this film. The suspense is brilliant, and watching James Stewart sit there unable to do anything is like he’s another member of the audience, watching the film along with you.

  • Dial M For Murder (1954). Another gripping film. Love the different turn of James Stewart. He’s great as the sinister husband trying to off his wife.

  • I Confess (1953)
  • Strangers On A Train (1951)
  • Stage Fright (1950)

The Forties, Thirties & Twenties

Well it’s all quite depressing now as I haven’t seen any of these. I thought I had with one, but turned out I have the DVD, still haven’t watched it though. This is basically a long list of films.

  • Under Capricorn (1949)
  • Rope (1948)
  • The Paradise Case (1947)
  • Notorious (1946). I own this but am yet to watch it.
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • Lifeboat (1944)
  • Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
  • Saboteur (1942)
  • Suspicion (1941)
  • Mr & Mrs Smith (1941)
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  • Rebecca (1940). Love the book and would like to give this a go.
  • Jamaica Inn (1939) He was having a bit of a Daphne Du Maurier thing at this time.
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938). I’ve seen the remake with Angela Lansbury.
  • Young And Innocent (1937)
  • Sabotage (1936)
  • Secret Agent (1936)
  • The 39 Steps (1935)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
  • Waltzes From Vienna (1934)
  • Number Seventeen (1932)
  • Rich And Strange (1931)
  • Mary (1931)
  • The Skin Game (1931)
  • Murder! (1930)
  • Juno And The Paycock (1930)
  • Blackmail (1929)
  • The Manxman (1929)
  • Champagne (1928)
  • Easy Virtue (1928)
  • The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
  • Downhill (1927)
  • The Ring (1927)
  • The Lodger (1927)
  • The Mountain Eagle (1926)
  • The Pleasure Garden (1925)