The family ordered pizza and watched Vertigo last night – wonderful time together… Vertigo is widely considered Hitchcock’s best film, and I try to love it, but I don’t. It’s creepy, but I don’t like the “As you know” dialogue in the beginning, its length, how Stewart forces Judy to wear certain clothes before he knows she’s scammed him and it seems slow for a Hitchcock Film. I love the how green surrounds the characters when they are influenced by the plot, and the reds. I love Ebert’s observation that Hitchcock put himself (Stewart) on the screen for judgement. But I like other Hitchcock movies more.
.. Was curious during movie about 1906 San Francisco earthquake. 3,000 people (out of a population of 400,000) died, over half the city ended up homeless and it hit an estimated 7.8 on the Richter scale (which was created 3 decades later).
Maybe I was just tired after a long day. But I did not like Hitchcock’s Spellbound that much. I love Hitchcock, and loved Ingrid Bergman’s performance as always, but the movie sesemed a little bit hoakie and Gregory Peck’s character seemed more like a Shakespearean fool than a typical Hitchcock character. It seemed like an old, cheesey black-and-white romantic comedy than a HItchcock thriller, and I foujnd myself really not that interested. AMazing, because I loved Notorious soooo much. I’d be curious to read a little about the movie to see if I was missing the bigger picture, so to speak.
Wife M and I tried to see The Wailing in the theaters but timing didn’t work out, so we were glad to see it available on DVD and made a plan to watch it last night. What a wonderful movie it was, too! Bumbling characters, strange and errie things that weren’t too terrifying, incredible setting, and somehow just kept us engaged for the entire 2.5 hours. The ending was confusing as heck for us, but maybe there are cultural meanings (it is a S. Korean film), maybe that was the point (not everything has a neat answer) and it was fun to discuss the ending. What a great evening it was, to watch this. And what a wonderful day it was yesterday when I wasn’t feeling well, to watch 3 great spooky films back to back to back: The WItch, Notorious, and The Wailing… Love days like that…
Wife M and I were in a Hitchcock mood so watched one we had not seen before: Notorious. Ingrid Bergman is the bitter daughter of a German traitor recruited by Cary Grant to fly into Brazil and catch additional Nazis who were living in Brazil. Notes:
I love both of these performers. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are great as always.
I loved how Grant was upside down when she opened her eyes that first morning: her world has turned upside down.
Even in a 1946 black and white, the shots of Rio are splendid.
I love Grant’s response to her accusing him of his being afraid he’ll fall in love with her: “That wouldn’t be hard.” He learns she must contact her father’s friend Sebastian, land him, serve as a spy and report back. Grant forgets the wine on the table: his love is wrapped away. Later, the chicken, which had been on fire before (like their budding love), is cold now.
Classic Hitchcock with the suspense. It is nervewracking the risk she is putting herself under with the wine cellar. She is also playing him as a fool, although he is clearly a keen observer. Then later, when she has the headaches we suspect why, and are left to fret… And we *know* if she gets to the bedroom she will likely die! Then Sebastian’s risk of being betrayed adds a wonderful twist!
What I love most about Hitchcock, was his endless and exhaustive attention to symbolic detail. One of my favorite books about movies is The Art of Hitchcock, whch uncovers a lot of these.