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Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films. Architect of Anxiety 1899 -1980
Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films. Architect of Anxiety 1899 -1980
by Paul Duncan
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock - Every Film Covered, 11 Sep 2010
There are many books on Alfred Hitchcock (from ones covering his leading ladies Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies to ones re-publishing the best of his writings on film Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews (Directors on Directors)) - to me it is the films themselves that matter and the full arc of his development and the perfection of his cinematic technique. This book fully covers every one of the films he worked on as director and is illustrated with plenty of still shots. It includes the progression from early silent melodramas, to his first thriller 'The Lodger', the first British talkie 'Blackmail', his move to America right through to his last feature 'Family Plot'. There is so much invaluable additional information in this book, including a few tantalising hints at what might have been - apparently in the late 60's he shot some exploratory footage of hippies around the Height-Ashbury area! If you are interested in the man himself and the background to some of the 20th century's greatest films this is a really thorough book.


Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1927]
Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1927]
Dvd ~ Alfred Abel
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: 11.78

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5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis, 2010 - A Classic Rediscovered, 11 Sep 2010
I recently saw this newly restored version of Metropolis at Chichester Film Festival (in a Blue Ray presentation) and cannot recommend it highly enough - whether you know this film or not it should be seen. The inclusion of the previously missing 25 minutes (easily noticed due to the poor state of the source material) makes an enormous difference to the film, significantly changing the story line and the overall feel of the film. The poor quality of the inserted film does not diminish its importance and effect (ranging from a few seconds here and there, to whole scenes) but combines to effectively make a new film - or more accurately the resurrection of a lost one (the original 1927 premiered cut). Of course this version does not affect the obvious faults of the film but certainly makes for a more satisfying experience - it completes (apart from about 4 minutes apparently) and confirms the place this film has in the history of cinema. Whether you are interested in silent movies (then I'd highly recommend PiccadillyPiccadilly [1929] [DVD]), the development of cinema (then you should also see Fritz Lang's MM [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1931]), special effects (and what incredible effects!) or the history of science fiction on film, this version must be seen.


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