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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks Hitchcock, 'Taxi Driver' and Story vs. Plot with Jon Favreau

Check out this vintage clip from Jon Favreau's IFC talk show "Dinner for Five" where guest Martin Scorsese talks about approaching story and character, his favorite Hitchcock films and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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WATCH: This Is How Criterion Restores a Film

Ever wonder how your Criterion Blu-rays get to look so damn good? Well, Gizmodo has created a 6-minute video taking you through the renowned company's restoration process. Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent," which arrived in a dual Blu-ray/DVD package on February 18, is used as the example. Watch below as we're guided through how Criterion corrects the color, contrast, audio and picture on the classic film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2014 12:35 PM
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CINE-LIST: Five Must-See Survival Films

Clearly, the survival film is enjoying a renaissance. We as viewers have our pick of current survival films (think "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" or this weekend's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), but what are some classics of the genre worth revisiting? Cine-List has a few ideas.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 2:31 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Hitchcock's 'Marnie,' Starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery

Auteurs Week! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Dan Ireland introducing Alfred Hitchcock's psychological melodrama "Marnie," starring Tippi Hedren as a sexually disturbed thief, and Sean Connery as the slick playboy who becomes obsessed with "curing" her of her frigidity.
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  • September 9, 2013 12:02 PM
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Review: The Hitchcock 9 Moves to LACMA UPDATE

The carefully-orchestrated release of Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films, freshly restored by the British Film Institute National Archive, is burnishing his already polished reputation. Cinephiles around the world are gathering to watch the movies, made between 1925 and 1929, in venues from coast to coast. The first United States performances were held in San Francisco under the auspices of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, at the venerable 1922 movie palace the Castro, on June 14, 15, and 16th. Following the Silent Film Festival's most excellent tradition, the movies were shown with live musical accompaniment, ranging from solo piano to the five-member Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 26, 2013 5:03 PM
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BFI's 'Hitchcock 9,' the Master of Suspense's Earliest Surviving Works, Kicks Off Its Stateside Tour UPDATED

Hitchcock fans rejoice. The BFI has kicked off its stateside national tour of "The Hitchcock 9," a program of Alfred Hitchcock's nine earliest surviving works, all in newly restored 35mm prints. It launches at the Castro Theatre (June 14-16) for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and will make its way to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (June 18), then to LACMA (June 27 - July 13) and BAMcinématek in Brooklyn (June 29 - July 5).
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 14, 2013 12:10 PM
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Tribeca Adds Free Film Festival Events: Outdoor Screenings of 'The Birds,' 'Beetlejuice' and 'Lil Bub and Friendz'

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its lineup of free community events, including the fest's signature Tribeca Drive-In, this year featuring screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and the premiere of viral kitty video film "Lil Bub and Friendz." Full list of events below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 2:41 PM
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Happy National Hitchcock Day, From 'Vertigo' Topping 2012's Sight & Sound to 'Bates Motel'

March 12 is National Hitchcock Day, celebrating the Master of Suspense and his oeuvre of films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 12, 2013 11:51 AM
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SXSW 2013: ‘Bates Motel’ Preview a Few Cuts Under Its Pre-‘Psycho’ Potential

“Who’s gonna rent a room in the rape/murder hotel?” smokin’ hot Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) rhetorically asks her introverted son Norman (Freddie Highmore) after a grizzly scene has just unfolded in their creaky house. Based on the first episode of “Bates Motel,” which was unveiled March 11 at SXSW, a number of clunkily-drawn characters will probably swing by the infamous rest-stop, less in the service of true creepiness and more for generic thrills.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2013 11:46 PM
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Berlinale Announces Retrospective Lineup, Includes Restorations of 'On the Waterfront,' 'Tokyo Story,' 'Dial M for Murder'

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the titles in its expanded retrospective lineup, Berlinale Classics. The five films on the slate are all restorations, and include Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront," Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" and Alfred Hitchcock's 3-D "Dial M for Murder." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2013 12:17 PM
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