The Phantom Light (1935, Michael Powell)

Is the battle for the recognition of the pre-Grindhouse “quota quickies” and B-cinema over? One would think so considering the posthumous (and richly deserved) attention paid by critics, film-makers and archivists to the works of directors such as Joseph H Lewis, Edgar G Ulmer, Jacques Tourneur, Samuel Fuller and the subsequent efforts from the Corman … Continue reading The Phantom Light (1935, Michael Powell)

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Number 17 (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932)

The opening of Number 17, the last film Hitchcock made for the Associated British Picture Corporation, features “a delirium of continuity” (to quote Jonathan Rosenbaum) and  a montage of chilled imagery, fluid camera movement and unsettling effects that recalls comparable sequences in the films of Murnau. In these minutes we feel not so far from … Continue reading Number 17 (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932)