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Watch: Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Special 'Dial H For Hitchcock'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 8, 2014 11:37 AM
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You'll want to make some time for this excellent "Siskel & Ebert" special from 1983, “Dial H for Hitchock,” in which the beloved and much-missed critical pair do their thing (after a few promos for their review of “The Big Chill”, for whatever reason). The show highlights an interesting bit of film history: it was made to coincide with the rerelease of several Hitchcocks in the early 80s – “Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “Rope,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Trouble With Harry” - all of which had been hard to see in the U.S. for some years before 1983, Hitchcock himself having intentionally kept prints scarce to increase their value. “

Watch: 30-Minute Documentary 'Obsessed With Vertigo' About The Making & Restoration Of Alfred Hitchcock's Masterpiece

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 4:58 PM
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Last year, a bit of a cinematic dust-up occurred when Sight & Sound released their once-a-decade list of Greatest Movies Of All Time. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" had long dominated the top tier, but 2012 saw the film drop to the second slot, to be replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" as the best movie ever. Of course, such rankings are a bit silly, but that didn't stop film fans from discussing the merits of both, but we think it's safe to say—they're both great. But if you need a little more to convince you just how much Hitchcock's film needs to be treasured, you might want to take a look below.

Digitally Re-Mastered Soundtracks For ‘The Third Man’ & ‘Vertigo’ On The Way

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 5, 2013 3:03 PM
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In the beginning, when this site was still on Blogspot, The Playlist focused on the intersection of music and film, and while our coverage has expanded it’s still a subject near and dear to our hearts. To that end, here's some news that will be exciting to fans of two classic films.

Want To Watch The "Greatest Films Of All Time" From The Sight & Sound Poll? Here's How

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 4, 2012 12:46 PM
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With summer's blockbuster season in full swing, films like "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Men in Black 3," and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" are wielding the usual tentpole-like hegemony over the box-office. However, the conversation about cinema this week has been fully dominated by looking back into the rear-view mirror thanks to Sight & Sound's "The Greatest Films Of All Time" poll.

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.

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