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Hitchcocks' best?

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Initial post: 14 May 2009 08:56:09 BDT
N. Forbes says:
What does everyone think his best film is? My vote is 'Strangers on a Train' or 'Rope'.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2009 17:41:53 BDT
I like most of his films, including those two, but my favourite is 'Frenzy', his last masterpiece. Tense, scary, brilliantly acted and a great snapshot of London in the early 1970s.

Posted on 14 May 2009 21:13:28 BDT
Doc Benway says:
Vertigo for me.
I need to revisit Frenzy, though I wasn't that impressed with it the first time I saw it.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2009 18:40:42 BDT
i think its North by Northwest as its just sheer brilliance not only the acting Mason, Landau and as for Grant
but the locations and general cinematography
Many might argue its a rehash of the 39 steps - wrong man wrong place etc but hey i like it!!!

Posted on 17 May 2009 18:58:02 BDT
McAvennie8 says:
my vote is Psycho. This was a real turning point in horror imo. Immaculately filmed and casted. Anthony Perkins' performance is a tour de force.

Posted on 19 May 2009 23:07:54 BDT
Grindon says:
yeah i agree james stewart

Posted on 20 May 2009 00:08:20 BDT
"Frenzy" lovely...lovely film.

Posted on 20 May 2009 05:28:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2009 05:32:51 BDT
An unusual choice maybe but I've always had a soft spot for "The Trouble With Harry"

Posted on 20 May 2009 15:29:00 BDT
Nugent Dirt says:
There are very few I dont like but underrated gems are The Lady Vanishes and Topaz

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2009 10:49:39 BDT
Doc Benway says:
I watched Frenzy again a couple of days back and really appreciated it this time.
Maybe I've got more hardened over the years.
I'm not surprised that it's your favourite MTDS.
I didn't like The Trouble With Harry but I think it could be remade as a tasteless splatter comedy in the right hands.
Yet to watch Topaz but I'm working through the big Hitch boxset and I'm intrigued Nugent-Dirt.

Posted on 22 May 2009 11:04:21 BDT
B. Amyes says:
Rear Window

Posted on 22 May 2009 13:41:25 BDT
technoguy says:
In the list of his top films I'd place Vertigo(the director showing his obsession for the ideal female),North by North West(Grant and Mason in
top form),Notorious(cracking the Nazi enclave with Bergman and Grant) and Rear Window(Stewart never better with icy blonde).

Posted on 22 May 2009 14:41:57 BDT
Snushall123 says:
I love every one of his films ...................except 'Under Capricorn'

Posted on 22 May 2009 23:31:05 BDT
Frenzy - a crazy, sexy, pervy romp.

Posted on 22 May 2009 23:48:31 BDT
Was Frenzy the film where there's a long long shot of an empty hallway.The audience know the killer's taken his latest victim upstairs. The murder isn't shown on screen, but you know it's taking place, as you sit watching the empty hallway... It's far more tense than seeing the murder on screen would be.
Leigh Russell (author, Cut Short)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2009 00:36:12 BDT
Doc Benway says:
Yeah Leigh, that's the one.
Of course, it then goes on to have the most depraved black comedy sequence involving the disposal of the corpse and incriminating evidence.

Posted on 24 May 2009 14:18:49 BDT
Poldy says:
For me, it's Psycho - it really examines the dark side of the American Dream. I'd rate it as the best film ever made. Mind you, there are very few Hitch films I don't like.

Posted on 25 May 2009 12:35:35 BDT
Dan says:
Rope, Strangers on a Train & Rear Window.

Posted on 25 May 2009 13:03:51 BDT
Anita says:
Not a single vote for The Birds?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2009 14:13:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2009 14:15:13 BDT
AJ says:
Well said Anita - I will go for The Birds too! Great cinematography, visual FX and (Albert Whitlock?) matte paintings. Atmosphere, tension, a little bit of gore; it has the lot.
Really good to see the shouts for Frenzy - Barry Foster; a real role model for the urban male in this film...
Barry Foster died the same month as John Thaw (Feb 2002) but it never made the news - this was Van Der Valk for god's sake!!!

Posted on 26 May 2009 11:32:39 BDT
Hitchcock's Top Three are:-
The Birds
Strangers on a Train

Possibly his most under-rated film:-
The Wrong Man

Posted on 26 May 2009 14:17:22 BDT
'North by Northwest' for me, although 'Notorious' and 'Vertigo' are right up there.

On 'Frenzy': Just a 'video nasty' as far as I'm concerned. I'm guessing that this Hitchcock film will divide opinion more than any other.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 00:17:02 BDT
David says:
My favourite Hitchcock film has to be North By Northwest closely followed by Frenzy.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2009 14:02:28 BDT
Torchy says:
I like Camille Paglia's comment that she only really started enjoying The Birds after the children get attacked.

Posted on 29 May 2009 20:18:47 BDT
Lifeboat anybody,has to be the best,even the Hitchcock cameo was ingeniously interplaced !!!
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