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5 Things You May Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Spellbound'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2012 1:57 PM
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We're of the general opinion that you can never get enough Hitchcock, and while we've just wrapped up our massive retrospective of the director's works, to celebrate the release of a new Blu-ray boxset of his work, today has another Hitch connection. These days, Halloween means "Paranormal Activity" sequels in theaters (and before that, "Saw" movies), but in the past, when the holiday wasn't such a corporate behemoth, more interesting fare made it to theaters for that time of year. And October 31st, 1945 saw the release of Hitchcock's "Spellbound."

Retrospective: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock Pt. 2 (1940-1976, The Hollywood Years)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2012 12:59 PM
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In the late 1930s, with films like "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes" having proven global hits, the New York Times wrote: "Three unique and valuable institutions the British have that we in America have not. Magna Carta, the Tower Bridge and Alfred Hitchcock, the greatest director of screen melodramas in the world." And unsurprisingly, he came to the attention of Hollywood, with David O. Selznick signing the filmmaker to an exclusive contract, and bringing him over to direct "Rebecca."

Retrospective: The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock Pt. 1 (1925-1939)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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This year, a Leytonstone-born Londoner born 113 years ago has been all the rage. The subject of two biopics, "The Girl" (which aired on HBO a few weeks back) and "Hitchcock" (which premieres at AFI Fest on Thursday), the director of the newly named greatest film of all time "Vertigo," and a man who's been endlessly homaged, ripped off, and paid tribute to for decades -- of course, we're talknig about Alfred Hitchcock.

Watch: Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo Ever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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If you're a fan of Alfred Hitchock (and really, who isn't?), you better buckle up because there is a whole lotta Hitch coming your way (and fyi, today is his birthday too!). Two movies about the legendary filmmaker are just around the corner with Toby Jones playing the director in the upcoming "The Girl" with Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, and there's Anthony Hopkins leading "Hitchcock" alongside a helluva ensemble that includes Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, James D'Arcy, Jessica Biel, Toni Colette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Langham and Ralph Macchio. And that's not all. Next month Universal is dropping "Alfred Hitchock: The Masterpiece Collection" on BluRay, a boxset of 15 iconic films, 13 of which on the high def format for the first time. But for those looking for a quick journey through Hitchcock's films, the interwebs has you covered.

Spot The Difference: Uncanny New Image Of Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren In Hitchcock Biopic 'The Girl'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 2:22 PM
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Toby Jones must get a little frustrated when he starts making a biopic. The chamelonic character actor got the role of a lifetime when he played Truman Capote in "Infamous" (giving a terrific performance in the process), but despite a starry cast including Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig, had his thunder stolen when the film's release was delayed for nearly a year, allowing "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, to sweep in with acclaim, and an Oscar victory.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2012 11:58 AM
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What's the greatest Alfred Hitchcock film? Every film fan will have a different answer, with "The 39 Steps," "Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Notorious," "Rear Window," "Vertigo" and "North By Northwest" all making compelling cases for being the very best. But few of his films had such an impact on cinema as "Psycho," the 1960s thriller that saw him go into darker, more shocking territory than ever before, with some of the most famous sequences in the history of the medium.

First Look At Scarlett Johansson As Janet Leigh In 'Hitchcock'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 11:39 AM
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Alfred Hitchcock seems to be firmly in the zeitgeist at the moment: the British Film Institute is showing an extensive retrospective of the director's work later in the year, and the next twelve months or so will see not one, but two biopics of the legendary master of suspense. The first, "The Girl," is made for British television and focuses on the relationship between Hitch and his "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren, with Toby Jones playing the director and Sienna Miller taking on the actress's role.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece 'Vertigo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 9:56 AM
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Voting is currently underway on the Sight & Sound poll for the greatest film ever made, which takes place every ten years, and is generally seen as one of the most definitive of such polls. And one film that's near-certain to place in the top ten, given that it's been there in every poll since 1982 (and placed second in 2002) is Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." The film was relatively poorly received on release, and indeed, remained unseen for twenty years, one of the five films that Hitchcock bought back the rights for to leave to his daughter (the so-called Five Lost Hitchcocks, which also include "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Rear Window," "Rope" and "The Trouble With Harry"). But since its re-release in 1984, the film has grown into the great director's most acclaimed masterpiece, and is now one of the most examined, deconstructed and written about films in the history of the medium.

Watch: Phenomenal Time-Lapse Single-Shot Reworking Of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 3, 2012 9:02 AM
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Alfred Hitchock seems to hold a certain particular appeal for artists. From Douglas Gordon's "24 Hour Psycho," which sees the director's masterpiece slowed down to a one-day timespan, to a current exhibition themed around the filmmaker at Gallery 1988 in Santa Monica, visual and video artists seem to love deconstructing and recreating the iconography of the great director's films.

Toby Jones & Sienna Miller To Star In BBC TV Drama About Relationship Between Alfred Hitchcock & Tippi Hedren

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 10:13 AM
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Considering he's the most instantly recognizable and iconic filmmaker of all time (bar perhaps Charlie Chaplin), a man whose silhouette alone became a brand name, it's surprising that no one has ever made a film about Alfred Hitchcock, especially considering the particular obsessions in his films seem thematically rife for a biographical approach. But it seems that finally, over 30 years after his death, the time has come. Anthony Hopkins and "Anvil" director Sasha Gervasi are planning "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," from a script from "Black Swan" scribe John McLaughlin (a project once earmarked for "Glee" and "American Horror Story" mastermind Ryan Murphy; consider that a bullet dodged). 

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