Now that those two iffy biopics are out of the way we can concentrate on the most important part of Alfred Hitchock, his films and his legacy. And his legacy wasn’t always as dour as his subject matter (which itself wasn’t always that dour). He was often known to make cameos in his films as sort of an easter egg to his audience. Today we have a supercut (via Retroist)
In fact he made cameos in 39 of his films, stating, “I always give a little thought to my appearances and come on as early as possible– don’t want to hold them in suspense for the wrong reason! I’ve been in all my films on and off. Missed a few. Only cancelled one.”
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In the five hours since my last “Bates Motel” post I still haven’t watched the new A&E show, but Mr. Disgusting really seemed to like it (the first episode at least) and you guys seem to dig it so I’m gonna share a teaser for next week’s episode 1.04, “Trust Me.”
In episode 1.04, “Trust me,” “Norma begins to wonder about the other town residents while facing many distractions. ”
A&E’s “Bates Motel,” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”), is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
“Bates Motel” airs on A&E Mondays @ 10/9c. Head inside for the TV Spot! READ MORE
Milan Records will be releasing digitally remastered editions of classic film soundtracks, including Anton Karas’s score for Orson Welles’ The Third Man as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, composed by the fantastic Bernard Herrmann. The Third Man will be released Feb. 25th while Vertigo will come out Mar. 11th.
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HBO’s “The Girl” premiered on Saturday, October 20th. I actually thought it was really good but, expecting a typical biopic lionization, I was caught off guard. This movie was harsh on Hitchcock. I felt bad for him and his obsessive nature on occasion, but felt much much worse for Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie) and the treatment she suffered at his hands (at least in the version of events depicted in the film).
“The Girl” depicts severe sexual harassment and shooting conditions that border on assault. Is it accurate? I have no idea. I’m much less of an expert on Hitchcock than I’d like to be. While the director once famously stated “I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle”, many actors have given rather warm accounts of working with him. Of course, Hedren is not one of them.
As stated in the the production notes, “Hedren cooperated with the film by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto consulted on the project.” In a statement Hughes said: “It’s been the most enormous privilege to talk at length to Tippi Hedren, the last ‘Hitchcock blonde’ in the life of Britain’s most original and successful film director. At the time, in the early 1960s, the American star suffered in silence. But now, at the age of 81, her wisdom and insights have helped me to put her real life ordeal on to the screen.”
I was wondering how all of this would go over when I watched the film the other night. And, it turns out, “The Girl” has created a bit of controversy. Head inside for more. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you the exclusive first look at The Burning Of Rome‘s newest music video for “Norman Bates”! Coming off of their latest release With Us, the video is an homage to the classic Hitchcock film Psycho, albeit with a slight twist at the end. The video is perfect for the Halloween season, so make sure to check it out below!
The Burning Of Rome won Best Alternative act at the San Diego music awards in August. With Us features additional remixes by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, U2, Meat Puppets, Pepper).
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We’ve been giving you a lot of looks at Toby Jones (Red Lights, The Mist, Your Highness) and Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) portraying the iconic Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in the BBC Two production of The Girl. After two 30-second teasers last month, we finally have the full trailer – and I gotta say it looks pretty good!
The film, penned by Gwenyth Hughes, “follows the life and relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and his discovery of Tippi Hedren and the turmoil that surrounded them while making The Birds (1963), and how his ultimate failure ended up destroying both their careers.” According to BBC Two Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
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That’s funny, that plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops.
Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest tells the tale of Roger Thornhill, a successful advertising executive in Manhattan. Thornhill, a man grounded in his life and ways, becomes the vulnerable, isolated victim as he is abducted, framed for murder, and continuously pursued without prevail in a conspiracy all result of mistaken identity.
It is easy to say that Hitchcock’s 1959 film can be considered horror.
A few months back we gave you a look at Toby Jones (Red Lights, Your Highness) and Sienna Miller (Factory Girl) portraying the iconic Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in a behind the scenes still from the BBC Two production of The Girl. Now we have a another look at Miller (via Grazia) – side by side with Hedren in a similar pose – playing the iconic actress.
The film, penned by Gwenyth Hughes, follows the life and relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and his discovery of Tippi Hedren and the turmoil that surrounded them while making The Birds (1963), and how his ultimate failure ended up destroying both their careers. According to BBC Two Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to Hughes, while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Becoming Jane’s Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast.
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Nice! I’m not exactly sure how much this box will cost, but I imagine it will be worth it to many of you cinephiles out there. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection looks like it will be a gorgeous master class in suspense. Out of the 15 films included in the set, only Psycho and North By Northwest have previously been released on Blu. The set is out on September 25th, 2012, so you have a few months to save up.
Digitally restored from high-quality film elements and presented in perfect high-definition picture and sound, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection brings the Master of Suspense’s best work to home audiences as it’s never been seen before. This ultimate collector’s set features 13 films previously unavailable on Blu-ray, a collectible 50-page book featuring storyboards, costume sketches, correspondence, photographs, and much more. Plus a treasure trove of over 15 hours of documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, screen tests, trailers and a new documentary The Birds, Hitchcock’s Monster Movie, enough to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchcock fan.
One of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time, Alfred Hitchcock had a profound and lasting impact on modern moviemaking. Renowned for his signature wit, thrilling plots, pioneering camerawork and original editing style, Hitchcock’s masterful ability to wring every drop of suspense out of each scene is still studied and emulated by filmmakers around the world. He was nominated for five Best Director Academy Awards, and four of his films (all of which are included in this collection) appear on AFI’s prestigious “100 Years…100 Movies” list.
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Spoilt socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister’s birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.
A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer’s client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.