Best Alfred Hitchcock Movies
is legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's reputation that he
still gets more Internet searches than his contemporary Steven
Spielberg (who Hitchcock booted off the set of Family Plot
in 1976, even though the young Spielberg had just had a monster
hit with Jaws).
what is it about Hitchcock's work that endures? Mystery and
black humour to be sure, but perhaps more than anything his
use of the camera and characterization to tell the story,
NOT pages of dialogue. The scripts are sharp, to be sure,
but it's the action on screen that counts.
you are just discovering Hitchcock or rediscovering him, here
are some top DVD selections, most with documentaries and other
Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection: The Lodger,
Sabotage, Young and Innocent, Rebecca, Lifeboat, Spellbound,
Notorious, The Paradine Case. Top-notch collection of
Hitchcock thrillers with stars like Cary Grant, Ingrid
Bergman, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck. Fabulous documentaries
in this newly restored box set from MGM/Fox plus informative
The 39 Steps (1935): One of Hitchcock's early
British films that caught the attention of Hollywood.
Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) is on the run from
British police after a woman caught up in an espionage
plot is murdered in his London apartment.
To Catch A Thief (1955):
A light and amusing thriller with gorgeous French Riviera
locations about a retired jewel thief wrongly accused
of new crimes. This was the film that tempted Cary Grant
out of early retirement and paired him with the gorgeous
Considered by many to be Hitchcock's masterpiece. James
Stewart is a cop who quit his job after his fear of heights
led to the death of a colleague. Hired by an old friend
to follow his troubled wife, Stewart discovers the woman
(Kim Novak) is obsessed by a dead ancester "mad Carlotta"
- and soon he's obsessed with his subject, too. Fascinating
blend of mystery, reincarnation and murder.
North By Northwest (1959):
Cary Grant's best film as he plays an advertising executive
mistaken for a spy. Framed for murder and on the run from
foreign agents and the police, Grant romances the beautiful
Eve (Eva Marie Saint) and has a nasty encounter with a
crop spraying airplane in one of cinema's most unforgettable
Psycho (1960): Easily the most shocking and
controversial of Hitchcock's films. A slasher flick, no
less, years ahead of its time and much imitated. Janet
Leigh, on the run after stealing $40,000, discovers the
isolated Bates Motel where the lonely Norman Bates (Anthony
Perkins) lives with his nagging - and ultimately terrifying
- invalid mother. Still very scary after all these years.
The Birds (1963):
took the very scary thought of birds turning on man (they
outnumbers us by billions) and created an unforgettable,
nightmarish flick. Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren star.