Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)

In catching up with lesser or minor Hitchcock it becomes easy to forget how fully and perfectly integrated and complete a film he could turn out, if allowed the (half-) chance. In Notorious, famously named by Francois Truffaut as the film in which Alf got the closest to delivering his original intentions exactly, a sigh … Continue reading Notorious (1946, Alfred Hitchcock)


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)