July 1, 2013 |
In Robert Altman's acclaimed 2001 British mystery “Gosford Park,” Jeremy Northam played the famed singer-actor-composer Ivor Novello. The real Novello, who was born in Wales in 1913 and died in London in 1951, made two of Alfred Hitchcock's early silent films - the 1926 mystery-thriller “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” and 1927's “Downhill,” which was Hitch's first stab, so to speak, at the “wrong man” plot - a theme he...
June 17, 2013 |
Think of it as a Hitchcock-a-palooza. It may be the summer of such blockbuster spectacles as "Man of Steel," "The Lone Ranger" and "World War Z," but it's also the summer of movies by a real-life legend: Alfred Hitchcock. His films are screening at several venues around L.A. in the coming weeks. Some of them will be familiar to audiences, others not. On Tuesday at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is showing both the sound and silent versions of his 1929 thriller "Blackmail.
March 18, 2013 |
When, in her famous essay "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf conjured the tragically compelling possibility of Shakespeare's sister, a new sort of narrative was born - the reclamation of female characters who previously lurked at the edges of epic tales. Queens and consorts, mothers and parlor maids have all gotten their due in retellings of famous works, from the Bible to the tales of Sherlock Holmes. And now here's Mama Bates. The mother of cinematic serial killer Norman Bates is among the most famous off-stage characters in dramatic history.
November 25, 2012 |
With his acute sense of irony and the macabre, Alfred Hitchcock would appreciate the fact that he's one of the hottest directors in the world even though he's been dead for 32 years. Fans and critics have always been fascinated with the Master of Suspense, who directed such seminal films as 1940's "Rebecca," 1945's "Spellbound," 1946's "Notorious," 1954's "Rear Window," 1960's "Psycho" and 1963's "The Birds. " But 2012 has been an exceptional year in the Hitchcock legacy. For decades, the British Film Institute's periodical Sight and Sound's poll of critics named Orson Welles' 1941 masterwork "Citizen Kane" the best movie ever made.
November 10, 2012 |
There's but one problem with welcoming Alfred Hitchcock back to the public eye: He's never really been away. But even if you grant that the director is a man for all of cinema's seasons, what is it about him that makes this moment in time so indisputably his? Within little more than a month, two dramatic films with Hitchcock as the protagonist will have graced screens: HBO's "The Girl" looks at the director (played by Toby Jones) during the making of "The Birds," while Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" goes back a few years earlier to examine the creation of "Psycho" with Anthony Hopkins in the title role.
October 27, 2012 |
Polisse MPI, $24.98 Inspired by real child protection unit cases that French writer-director-actress Maïwenn either observed or researched, the docudrama follows a group of cops who investigate child abusers and molesters. The subject matter is bleak, but Maïwenn's approach to the material is smart and sensitive, showing how these officers, men and women, work diligently and carefully, trying to exact the truth about crimes when the victims often can't adequately explain what happened to them.